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. VOL.,XCV. No. 8 


NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 1929 


64 PAGES 






Fdm Critics' Box Score 



Season of *28-*29 

(ENDING MAY 31) 
Key to abbreviations: PC (pictures caught), R (right), W (wrong), 
O (no opinion expressed), Pet. (percentage). 

NEW YORK 

PC. R. W. O. Pet. 

Irene Thirer (News) 1S6 116 37 3 .742 

John 8. Cohen, Jr. (Sun)... 132 96 32 4 .727 

George Gerhard (Eve. World) 146 100 37 9 .686 

Bland Johaneson (Mirror) 153 104 44 6 .680 

Regina Cannon (American) 162 109 39 14 .673 

Katharine 'Zimmerman (Telegi-om) . . . . 112 76 31 6 .670 

BeUy Colfax* (Graphic) 124 80 84 10 .646 

Quinn |lliirtin (World) 61 38 18 6 .623 

Rose PeUwiek (Jourrial) 138 86 31 22 .616 

Creighton Peet (Post) 64 37 17 10 .678 

Richard Watts, Jr. (Herald Tribune).. 117 65 39 13 .656 

Mordaunt Hall (Times) 130 70 43 17 .633 

Margaret Tazelaar (Herald Tribune). 48 20 22 « .416 

* Julia Showell. 

CHICAGO 

PC. R. W. O. Pet 

Mae Tinee* (Trlbime) 136 110 22 4 .809 

Genevieve Harris (Post); 127 99 22 6 .779 

Carol Frink (Examiner) 133 100 23 10 .761 

Clark Rodenbach (News) 137 98 24 15 .715 

Doris Ardent (Journal)... 112 80 23 9 .714 

Rob Reelt (American) 129 90 32 7 .697 

• Frances Kurner. t Muriel Vernon, t Hazel Kennedy. 

TRADE PAPERS 

PC. R. W. O. Pet. 

Variety 225 18 1 44 .. .804 

M. P. To-Day 134 100 28 6 .746 

Film Daily 161 111 39 1 .786 

Harrison's Reports 173 116 61 6 .670 

M. P. News 112 71 36 6 .634 



Changing Dance Style to 
Slow Motion, Tongfa on A. K. 



As another star In Rudy Vallee's 
lately acquired crown, he is being 
credited with bringing about an 
entire change In ballroom dancing. 
Rudy's slow and dreamy music 
lias become so popular other or- 
chestras are copying him. As a re- 
■sult there has been a rush of busi- 
ness at various dance studios. 

Especially the men are hard at It 
to learn the new slow dance step 
now fashionable. Not easy either. 
Mo more walkaround to slow music. 

For the new slow music dance In- 
structors are inventing steps that 
ate swanky and dignified but with- 
out the difficult subtlety of the 
tango. 

Old people will probably have to 
be contented with Just walking 
around for the future as they have 
1 hard time doing slow syncopated 
steps. Toung people are In their 
glory as they always like to'do 
trick steps and the slow time gives 
them the chance. 



-5-10 Bay Rum Stews- 

Des Mollies, June 4. 
^ "Bay rum drunks" are so preva- 
:l6iit here three raids ■vyere made In 
May on Woolworth's 6-10 stores. 
Store managers are charged with 
•nalntaining liquor nuisances. 

A total of 4,000 bottles of bay 
fum were conflscated in two stores. 



Do's and Don'ts Around 
New York's Beaches 



Latest info on what to wear at 
the nearby beaches would make it 
look as if Coney Island Is going 
to get a tough break this year. 

At Rockaway Beach the police 
have okayed the one-piece suit for 
the ladies, with modest petting al- 
lowed. 

At Coney, Commissioner WluUen 
will not permit the eye-fllling bare- 
back. "A certain standard of de- 
cency" Is necessary, Commlsh 
thinks. 

Despite the Whalen edict these 
suits are prevalent at Coney beach- 
es with the cops doing nothing 
about It. No one protested either. 

Captain Patrick Dinan of the 
Rockaway Beach police station, has 
Issued his Don'ts for beach behavior. 

Some say: 

One-piece bathing suits with or 
without stockings, oke. 

._.Xo(laat . petting, . _ 

Baseball and other "rough" games 
out. 

No dress or imdress In autos. 

Automobile petting out 

Winding up the Rockaway Beach 
rules the captain said, "The one- 
piece biathing suit will be allowed 
on the beach this year. All the 
police will have to do is to see 
that modesty prevails." 




LITTELL. 
TINEE, PICIUIIE5 



New York Post Leads for 
Accurate Dramatic Re- 
▼iewsfor '28«*29 — Chicago 
"Tribune'' Surest oin Film 
Reviewing, With Irene 
Thirer, New York "Daily 
News," Second 



175 SHOWS— 225 FILMS 



Two leading ahow reviewers of 
Variety's percentage box score for 

this season ending May 31 are 
Robert Littell, New York Evening 
Post, for the drama, and May Tinee, 
Chicago' Tribune, for pictures. 

Second to the drama leader !a J. 
Brooks Atkinson, New York Times, 
who won the seasonal scoring for 
last year's box. St, John Ervine, 
leading the dramatic reviewers 
When with the New York morning 
World, would have been hot in the 
race had his 'guest agreement with 
the World not ended some- weeks 
ago^ when Mr. -Ervine returned to 
Lond.on. 

" Runner up on the picture critics 
is Irene Thirer of the New Tork 
Daily. News, with the Chicago Trjb 
of the Patterson publication family. 

The box scores Includes 176 new 
plays of the past season and 225 
new pictures. ' 

Detailed stories of the drama and 
film scores may be found in those 
respective departments of this Is- 
sue. 

Film Critic Story, Page 4 
Drama Critic Story, Psfge 49 



$100,000 PAID AS 
BONUS FOR 
RADIO Aa 



National Broadcaistlng Company 
has purchased the contract of 
Amos 'n Andy (Carrell and Oosden), 
radio comedy team, from Station 
WMAO (Chicago), owned by the 
Chicago Daily News. Price reported 
paid to the newspaper for the re- 
lease Is 1100,000. 

There Is no record in show- busi- 
ness of a greater premium dealt out 
by brie brgonlzatlbh to anofHer for 
the release of. a single act, Other 
big release prices have evolved from 
legal and contract wranglea 

NBC's deal with WMAC for the 
team is outright * . 

Carrell and Gosden have been 
ether stars in the middle west for 
about three years. During the past 
(Continued on page 3t) 



Dramatic Critics' Box Score 



Season of '28-'29 

(ENDING MAY 31) 

Key to the abbreviations: SR (shews reviewed), R 

W (wrong), O (no opinion expressed). Pet (percentage). 

SR. R. W. O. 

Littell (Post) 89 72 1« 1 

Atkinson (Times) 84 67 16 2 

Winchell (Qraphic) 62 40 13 

Anderson (Journal) 99 78 20 1 

Gabriel (American) 89 70 19 • .. 

Lockridge (Sun) 63 40 11 2 

Coleman (Mirror) 81 68 20 3 

Garland (Telegram) 69 46 21 2 

Mantje (News) 81 57 31 3 

Hammond (Herald Tribune) 86 63 28 6 

Osborn (Eve. World)... 86 39 36 12 

Ervine (World) ' 65 63 12 .. 

Variety's Own Score 

SR. R. W. O. 

Variety (combined) 176 146 29 

IBBE (Pulaski) 68 63 5 

ABEL (Green) 31 .25 6 

RUSH (Oreason) 16 12 4 



(right), 

Pet 
.809 
.798 
.790 
.788 
.788 
.765 
.716 
.666 
.626 
.616 
.468 

.816 



Pet 
.829 
.914 
.806 
.760 



1st Show Composing Team for Tall^ 
Sig Romberg and Hammerstein, 2ii 



Choristers Fifl Cast 
Gaps Madie by Talkers 

Annual report of Dorothy Bryant, 
head of Chorus Equity, showed that 
members of the chorus with talent 
are now getting a better break than 
ever in the legit field. 

As established musical and dra- 
matic people are engaged by the 
talkers and migrate to the coast, 
the choristers are moved up to All 
their shoes. In many cases with 
conspicuous success. During the 
past season 106 members of the 
Chorus Equity qualified as princi- 
pals and were transferred to Actors' 
Equity. During the previous sea- 
son there were only 42 such trans- 
fers. 

Chorus Equity now has 3,839 
members in good standing. 



Talker .Royalty for 

Operetta Composer 

Lios Angeles, .fune 4. 

First reported instance of a pic- 
ture company making a royalty deal 
With Ti Hong-wrlter-ls arrangement 
between Radio Pictures and Harry 
Tliamey, whereby latter will com- 
pose two original operettas for the 
screen. He will receive 3% per cent 
of each picture's total gross up to 
$i:O0,O00, and 6 per cent over that 
flgure. ^ 

Tlorncy arrives on the Coast next 
wcek.- 



"Wamer Brothers has entered the 
drat engagement of musical show 
composers to Its writing staff, with 
Slgmund Romberg and Oscar Ham- 
mersteln, 2nd. The two composers 
will go to the Warner studio on the 
coast as a show writing team. 

Given a contract (or a term of 
years, it Is not stated If the paper 
iiolds an optional clause. 

Romberg will have supervision of 
the direction of his play composi- 
tions in the filming. 

Many song writers are in Holly- 
wood with various producers. Nonci 
to date has been engaged for mnsl- 
cal comedy scores only witli super- 
vision, similar to " the Romberg- 
Hammersteln arrangement with 
Warners. 



FrimI and Harbach 

Sam Goldwyri has engaged Rudolf 
Frlml, who will also write original 
operettas and work on the coast 
Otto Harbach, due to his close. as. 
sociatlon with Frlml in the post 
Is' rumored next on the list to go 
with Goldwyn for collaboration with 
Frlml. 



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Berlin Injunction Against W. E. 
Stops '"Singing Fool'' at Outscit 



Berlin, June 4., 
Telefurken, leading German radio 
corporation, stopped the showing of 
"The Singing Fool" Thursday (May 
30). German patent holders held 
secret the Information It had been 
granted an Injunction four days be- 
fore. 

The Injunction against Western 
Electric was served 10 minutes be- 
fore the beginning of the perform- 
ance when the whole Berlin press 
was assembled. 

The journalistic assemblage - was 
greatly annoyed by these primitive 
tactics and Is now taking the side 
of the American Arms. 

Changes of parts of equipment 
attempted by engineers were ob- 
jected to. 

Germans threaten to continue the 
policy of Injunctions, with the.. only 
po^'t'lbility of American talking y>i6- 
tur'.s showing In Germany may. be 
by ar> agreement out of court. i 

Tobls, the'lmportant soun4 patent' 
holders, has sold the. majority of 
the stock to Holland, :WhIch noiv 
convrols seven or 12.mlilions. 

Claims for the protection of the 
ho ne Industry no-^- in sight aga.w/. 
Western Electric are thus made 
ridiculous. 

The showing of, "Fool," at the 
Gloria Pa,last as scheduled, \(ra^ not 
up tp expectations, production .wins 
uneven and .the. English dialog only 
partially, understood. Much .of Jol- 
^on's comedy failed to . register oh 
that Account, , 

The operatic qhort, Gigll, open- 
ing the performance, was thought 
superior in tone quality. 



Paris, May 20. 
During the annual conference ot 
the local union of the amusement 
industry .- (Federation du Spec- 
tacle) held here' the council de- 
cided to' recomiitend the Insertion 
of a clause, in the contracts pro- 
viding for a fortnight's holiday, paid 
by the management,' for all stage 
hands'. " 

The advent of the sound pictures 
was . discussed, ' It was voted that 
in any house where the orchestra 
is. discontinued the remainder, of 
the staff shall be paid an extra 26 
per cent salary, with the difference 
going to the general funds of the 
synSfllcate for the beheflt of the mu- 
sicians. 



Paris,. June • 4. ; 
' E. ' Coty, international perfume' 
manufacturer, In his new Parisian 
daily. Ami du Peuple, (The Peopled 
Friend),' Is' publishing 'a: series of 
articles aisking whether the Ftenc^ 
authorities recommending the qtiOta. 
wish to kill off the French picture 
houses. 

Coty explains that small ' French 
producers Eire engineering' mtobeii- 
vers which - are detrimental to ex- 
hibitors and benefiting Germany. 

in one Issue of the paper an ad- 
vertisement 16 ' reprinted from a 
Berlin paper reading: "Important 
French renter urgently wants any 
German films available for France. 
Address care X>lchblld Buhne.". 

Coty's paper asks whether those 
demanding the unrestricted entry of 
foreign pictures, with adequate cus- 
toms duties, ensuring a livelihood to 
many Frenchmen or those encouc* 
aging mediocrity are the. greatest 
patriots. 

The campaign continues daily. 



French Qnota Decision 



Paris, June 4. 

Government decision on the film 
quota dispute Is expected within a 
fortnight. 

Meanwhile exhibitors have in- 
formed the Government ihat they 
protest the . proposed restrlctlohs, 
denying the allegation in ' the re- 
port of the Chambre Syndlcale that 
the French Industry Is unanimously 
In favor of the quota. 



Films in Paris 

Paris, June 4, 
Current local pictures are: 
Gaumont: "Man, Woman and 
Bin." 

Paramount: "Woman and Toy." 

Tffafrvau3rr""Mercantons;'---~--. — 
tJnlted Artists: "Venus." 



2-WK. VACATION 
"ON THE HOUSr 
FORSTAGECREW 



AUstrafia Has Ovoi 

Idi^as on U. S. F3nis 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

' Australia has the impression that 
the U. S. Is populated largely by 
firangsters and that violence and 
crime, is a normal state for the md- 
jorlty of the po])ulatipn. This is ac- 
cording to' a btilletin issued by the 
United States Department of Com- 
merce. 

It Is set forth th'at one ot the 
most' objectionable features pf 
American - filmis tec'ently displayed 
In'the Antip^odcs ha:s been the pre- 
ponderance of ^ngstef and under- 
world films. These pictures, they 
say, ; can' jterliaps be seen in thetr 
proper perspective' 'iri the U. S., but 
-where ' they . deal -witl^ life maoiig 
the Immigr&nt .population crowded 
In an A^^erlcan' city, they seem 
extremely^ foreign when exhibited 
in a country Whose' population is $8 
per cent Anglo-Saxon and in which 
!Uie,Bil1tlsh tradition of respect for 
.law and order is strong. ] 

Austciallans ' also seem to object 
to Alms which have a tendency to 
de'pe'nd' for comedy on family die 
harmony. It is cValmed that a num 
ber ot American films recently 
shown depended almost entirely for 
comedy , on cheap and ill natured 
repartee between family members. 
Impression in Australia is that 
American home life is one long, 
ill natured' wrangle. 

Australia must be Heaven, for 
we're certainly going there. 



Forcing Engfish on French 
Via U. S. Talkers? 



Paris, June 4. 

A member of the Chamber ot 
Deputies .'has announced intentions 
of questioning the Govemnient re- 
garding any possible action in reg- 
ulating talking pictures. 

The member' charges that in talk- 
ers It Is sought to impose the Eng- 
lish language, on the French people. 

It is expected that the official 
answer will be noncomlttal. 



New French Co/s 



. Paris, June 4. 
Clnelux, new French film cor- 
poration, lias been formed with a 
capital of 12,000,000 francs. Sev- 
eral other corporations with local 
angels Jiave bee'ii: announced re- 
cently. 

" "Kamoha'Gliretr -tyoTW-sIlk-iner— 
chant. Is Interested^ among , others. 



FOSTERS AGENCY 



OBOBOB FOSTER 



(BBtabllgh«d 40 Tears) 
BTILL TUB LARGEST IM EDBOPiS 



BABBT FOBTEB 



12 Shattcibary ATenne Cabl«a: CoDllmatloB, I^ndon 

I.ondon, I.' PhODe Oerrard 8818 

Recent BoohlntrH Include JAMR» BARTON 




GEpRGlE WOOP 

17 Trlng avenue, Ealing Common, 
London, W. 6, England. 

My tour of "Babes in Hollywood" 
will terminate at the Kelburn^'Em- 
plre, London, on June 10. Then I 
revert to headlining in vaudeville in 
the London West End variety the- 
atres with still another new ofCeriiig. 



So. African Attack 




Hayden, Director 



Cape Town, June 4. 

A Johannesburg daily created a 
sensation May 31 with a story of al- 
leged Btairtllng disclosures concern-: 
Ing Kihemas, Ltd., and its shares 
held by the African public. 

The story ' involves Sidney Hay- 
4en, Klnemas' London director. It 
alleges Hayden has been known as 
Sidney Heydeiireicb, fornieriy asso- 
ciated with the Ulqza.mblque Port- 
land Cement financial fiasco. 



Britidi Fibn Field 

By Frank Tilley 



I^ndon, June" 4. : 
Sydney Hayden, formerly Hey- 
denrelch, in association with Us 
brother, David, w&b Involved in the 
Mozambique Portland Cement fi- 
asco. 

Some years ago tbey nearly ' did 
time for phoney manipulation and 
had not been heard of for Several 
years, 

' M. P. Cenient went Into liquida- 
tion and the Heydenretchs igot In 
touch with Carlos and Donaldsoh, 
who floated the Tangaiilka Diamond 
Company. They made a "vast tot- 
tune out of it through paying divi- 
dends out of capital,' but eveiitualiy 
overplayed and lost' most of their 
money. 

With .Carlos tmd Donaldson as 
names, Hayden started the Klnema 
Circuit with a small capital, btit In- 
creased it later. 

.First year the financial report of 
klnema told the public It had made 
$90,000. A balance sheet ' disclosed 
that after 16 months it h&d made 
but tl,B0O. 

They wrote off nothing tor the 
purchase ot films, owed $650,000 on 
debentures, $160,000 on loans to Car- 
los and Donaldson, $100,000 in open 
accounts, and had a bank balance 
ot $1,600. 

Since then they have again in- 
creased capital, saying the issue 
was oversubscribed. Insiders say it 
was all taken up by Carlos and Don- 
aldson. 

They have bought property fori a 
2,000-seat house in Johannesburg, 
have started building and supposed 
to be ready the end ot this year.j 

They advertise that they ha-ve 70 
theatres, actually, consisting ot a 
small house In Johannesburg which 
cost $60,000, a small theatre In a 
Johannesburg suburb tor which 
they pay $200 monthly rental, two 
small Cape Town suburban houses, 
leased, anothei: In Durban, under 
lease, three or foiir other places in 
Transval and about 10 town halls 
playing once or twice weekly. 

For all other houses they merely 
act as film renters. 

The general public is not falling 
tor the stock, it is said, but $30,000 
■^orth"has -been -sold- -to-. native..Inr.. 
dtans through agents who. receive 
20 per cent comnilsslon. 



FEANCO-AUBEBT DEAL 

Paris, June 4, . 

Anticipated afflllation between 
Franco Films and Louis Aubert 
goes -through next week,' when final 
papers are slated to be signed. 

Aubert join's the Franco board; 
Robert Hurel remaining as director. 



London, May 24. 

Position' here does' not impro've: 
Western ' Electric duck'lng clevei-ly 
on all angles of lnterchangeabll|ty 
jangle, with all ' other equipment 
makers left in the air. Federation 
of British Industries and Cinema- 
tograph Exhibitors Association re- 
quested formation ot indie commit- 
tee to pass .on quality of other sys- 
tems ot reproduction, but . W. E. 
again: registered' no spik English. 

'So Joint Interchangeablllty Com- 
mittee ot F. B. I. and C. E. A; -de- 
cided no use spending further time 
arguing and met this . 21st to take 
action. Keeping results secret,' but 
these include new attempt to come 
to agreement with W. B. 
' More studios and theatres being 
equipped or contracted tor wiring 
almost hourly. R.C^.A. Photophohe 
brisking up, with International 
Talking Screen 'Productions (re- 
cently floated merger of British 
Screen Co., Rayart and two Ger- 
mietn companies) contracted to' 'wire 
one studio on R.C.A. and another on 
klangfllm. 

British Fllmcraft Co. also putting 
in iR.C.A and expects to be equipped 
end of June, Will make "Second 
JAts. Tbnqueray" as talker. If 
studio not then ready liere 'Will go 
over and use Paramount's Loiig Is- 
land plant, taking a British com- 
Vfiny. 

; ' 'All the best business meLantiine Is 
being done here with talkers. Not 
only In West End but in suburbs. 
and,.ProvInces.' . Legit Is dead out- 
side London and. not to'o' flourishing 
there. 



In Theatres 

> Empire with "Broadway Melody," 
TIvoll with "Show Boat," Plaza 
with "Close Harmony" to capacity 
over the Whitsun holiday despite 
sunny weather. These three houses 
were tuU tor matinees as well as 
evenihg business. New Gallery with 
"Coquette" did fairly well, but the 
still silent houses got a slump which 
Is worse as the week grows old and 
the heat Increases, summer now be- 
ing here. 

Production Situation 

Things are getting very sticky on 
the studio' end. Several ot the 
quota- floated companies are sunk 
flnanclally. - Some may merge to try 
to save a wreck. Others are pre- 
paring a "look what .the talkers 
have done and we' need some more 
dough to convert our studios" alibi 
for their stockholders' meetings. 
Some are due or overdue. ... 

"While g'eheral studio trend here is 
to wire, trouble is evidenced two 
ways. Western Electric wants a 
minimum ot $100,000 do'wn for re- 
cording equipment and will 'not 'al- 
lotv British producers to play the 
stuff they make over any theatre 
wiring except W. E. 

Thld is the i.-c. trouble intensi- 
fied, and is getting the whole busi- 
ness . into a state of contusion. 
Opinion here is this attitude in part 
Is motivated by a desire to kill the 
effect ot the Films Act and to cut 
out any further development of film 
production in this country. 

Pretty far fetched some ways. 



Except for British International nn 
one lias shown slnue the P'lim Act 
was passed any continuous capaZ 
billty- to make pictures on a per- 
manent jCpmmerclal basis. Some 
few 'did make one or two which 
showed ''- a' profit o'wlng to eoaklne 
the exhibitor while the first wave 
of the quota boom was on, but this 
sltuatibn killed Itself and the ma- 
jority of producing companies would 
have been left flat even if the talker 
condition had not arisen. 

Real facts are most of the execu- 
tives of the quota-floated producing 
companies are incompetent and so 
much' sold on- themselves it gives 
them a psUn .ln the heart when any- 
.one says anything but "You're rlcht. 
Mr. Bunk." ^ 

Over 100 finished home made (ea. 
tures on the shelf, iahd several times 
as many American and .Continental 
sllents held up. Prodlicers here 
theorize about booking, especially 
over the • lunch table. They figure 
90 per cent of theatres will still not 
. be wired ■ this tall and will find 
themselves stuck tor silent product 
which they will not now book. Then, 
say the bright lads, we shall make 
them pay. 

They are not reckoning there la 
far ' more silent stuff waiting for 
release than the unwired houses can 
absorb. - It is" maliily"the first run 
houses wired and distributors fig- 
ure their gross from the point of 
'first run bookings. The rest are 
bread and butter stuff, so with the 
first runs cut out by sound, the 
gross to be gotten out ot the rest 
of the theatres is going to be a sore 
disappointment to the guys figuring 
to cut themselves in fof- a nice piece 
when the exhlb comes around later 
wanting sllents. 

Here and Away 

Bruce Johnson here. Marketing 
a home projector. 

Sam Eckman sailed this 22d and 
George Banfleld got in on the same , 
day. Says as how there ain't no 
more silent films in America and 
also we have. a Heaven-sent oppor. 
tunity and . . . oh, chorus, please^ 
gents. ' • 

As to anything elsp, there's noth- 
ing doing. General election takes 
place this 30th and even the pros- 
pectuses have stopped till then. 
The Edlbell flotation, and the First 
International Talking prospectus 
have been held over till after elec- 
tion. 



Ptfia Starts 

Warwick Ward has been cast op- 
posite Pola Negri In Charlie Whit- 
taker's part-talker, starting this 20th 
at Elstree; Paul Czlnner directing. 
Believe. Elchberg Is negotiating for 
German rights for Sudfilm, British 
International's German afflliatlon< 
As "Whlttaker Is using the B. I. etn^ 
dio. It looks like a deal. 



C. A.'s Stunt 

This 18th R-K-O Pictures radioed 
from Holly wood. over R. C. A. a still 
of the British and French Consuls, 
Betty Compson and Bebe Daniels, 
Addressed to Solly Newman, Lon> 
don rep of R-K-O, the still was de« 
Ilvered In London and the Press As< 
soclatlon syndicated a story, a pic- 
ture of Marconi messenger deliver' 
ing It. Newman at the same time 
sold "Syncopation" to Ideal Film 
Company, which will be the first 
(Continued on page 6) 



French Producers Makmg 
Talker Over Here 



: Paris, June 4. 
During their sojourn In America 
the French: delegation ot producers 
representing Pathe-Natan Clmero- 
mans will arrange to produce talk- 
ing pictures. Understanding Is that 
negotiations are under way with 
RCA. 

• It is reported • that the Pathe- 
Natan group may attempt to make 
one talker in' America, using the 
RCA studios, with Marco Degastyiie 
producing, Commandant Leprleur 
has been engaged as sound expert 
for' the company. 

Mme. Slmone Genewplx, the lead 
in "Joan of Arc," is sailing tor Ne^fr 
York shortly to appear in the chief 
role. 

Sapene holds the . French license 
for Phototone. 



Austrian Sacco-Vanzetti 
Picture Barredlii Pans 

Paris, June 4. 

An Austrian picture ' recently 
given a private showing seta out 
the Sacco-'VanzettI case, showing 
the trial, Massachussettn imprison- 
ment, Intervention ot famous per- 
sonages, with the execution and 
protest demonstrations foilowlng. 

Parisian authorities have forbid- 
den public i'eiease, ' 



Europe No Longer 



Country in Films 



Paris, June 4. 
. Luclen Romler, French economist, 
believes that Americans would b« 
unwise to relinquish the French 
market, no matter what the decision 
regarding the film quota will be. 

Considering the advent of sound 
pictures, Romler declares that 
America is now only two years 
ahead ot Europe Instead of 20, 
'Which was the situation existing 
until recently. 

He thinks that Americans should 
control the French market by pro- 
ducing sound pictures in France 
and^.adyitcatfifl_COTO peratlo n instead 
of controversy. 



The Tiller Dancing Schools 

of America, Inc. 

64 WEST 74th ST., NEW YORK 
HART READ, President 
Phone Endlcott B21(-* 
r . New. CloMes Now Forming . 



Wednesday^ Jime 6, 1929 



FOREIGN SHOW NEWS 



VARIETY 



for Subadized Theatres; 
Sendiiig Misaon Abroad to Study 



■•\ Cairo, June 4. 

,',') Eeypt has decided to subsidize 
> <'<pio Arable theatre to promote the 
^ "theatrical art In this country. The 
.government Is sending a mlfislon 
abroad to study the theatre. 

Ministry of Education has select- 
ed members of both sexes to com- 
pose the mission. Upon their re- 
turn home they will be renumerated 
tiy the Government and enrolled 
^^vw^th Egyptian playing troupes. 
'ii'These troupes are to enjoy the sub- 
.i!i;«dy. 

The movement has arisen through 
''irtorts ot native artists who find 
\''them8clyes unable to enhance the 

standard of theatrical art here. 
: . The country hope^ the members 
-of the mission will return qualified 
" to suggest new play creations and 
to train the talent chosen for the 
• stage. 

"'Coquette'' Not Liked; 
Helen Ford Miscast 



Paris, June 4. 
At the Apollo "Coquette" (Amer- 
ican) was produced last night, 
warmly but not enthusiastically ap- 
proved. 

. This play was not generally liked 
by the critics and a further draw- 
back was' Indifferent acting. Helen 
Ford (American), In the name rote, 
' was not equal to it. 

The house was rented for three 
weeks with an option and no sur- 
prise would be manifested if the 
option Is not exercised. 



Those French! 



Paris, .Tune 4. 
ra-. .Ijew Leslie's "Blackbirds" arrived 
"•I Friday with ZIm Moore, Adelaide 
Hull and Ada Ward among others. 
Moulin Rouge executives arranged 
a reception at the station. Foucret, 
the director, kissing Adelaide as she 
alighted from .the train. 

Lew IiesUe arrived later by auto- 
mobile. The ,ehow Is scheduled to 
open June 6, Felix Weir conducting 
the Plantation Orchestra. 



"MABIETTE" WITH GUITEYS 

London, June 4. 
Presentation of "Marlette" at His 
Majesty's laat night, with Sacha 
Cultry and Yvonne Prlntemps 
pr^ed a big social event. The 
Gultrys were given a brilliant re 
. ceptlon. 

Piece Jazzed up slightly, with 
points broadened probably in an ef- 
fort to make It acceptable to Eng 
Ilsh audiences, these effects not Im 
pressing favorably. 

"When acting legitimately Guitry 
and Yvonne Prlntemps were as 
charming as ever. 



VIENNA'S CLASSIC HOOFEBS 

London, June 4. 
. Bodweiser Dancers, 10 classic 
hoofers -from Vienna, are handling 
legitimate leg work with bizarre 
modernity at the Coliseum. 

Act Is attractive for a house of 
this type which specializes In 
classical dancing presentations. 



Weather Reports 

Washington, June 4. 

Weather outlook for country east 
of Mississippi for week beginning 
tomorrow was outlined for Variety 
as follows: 

Moderate temperature with risk of 
showers Wednesday or Wednesday 
night over eastern section and again 
about Friday or Saturday (8). 

Sliowers Thursday or Friday over 
western section. 



; Paris, June 4. 
. Record hot spell liero was broken 
by numerous showers. Hot and 
.vailing -.town wolfiomcd rain as 
..mercury-had-pnssed-90r ■ — -~ 



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Selfridge's Big Election 
Party Went Dismal 



London, June 4. 
The most Interesting gathering 
election night was at Gordon Sel- 
frldge's great supper party over 
his departmental store. 

Selfrldge sat with Jenny Dolly 
on one side and Anna May Wong 
on the other. Princess Ingrld ot 
Sweden and scores of celebrities 
were among the hundreds of guests 
present. ' 

Inside, when the Labor gains were 
declared, there was abyssmal gloom. 
Outside an enormous crowd, watch- 
ing the returns on Selfrldge's shop 
front, were cheering wildly. 

The stock market was -depressed 
election day. May 30, and also the 
following day. Stock Exchange was 
not open Saturday. Yesterday It 
was more normal. 

The general Impression is that 
the show business will not be ma- 
terially affected by the Labor vic- 
tory since the majority is not big 
enough to command any drastic 
legislation. 




But 3 From Show Biz Returned to 
Parliament in England's Election 



WILL MAHONEY 

New York "Amusements" said: 
"Win Maiioney la sensational. 
Critics are going to discover him. 
They are going to rave. Gilbert 
Seldes will write a book about him. 
He is a dancing fool with a gUb 
tongue and personality plus. If you 
don't like him, you are a supreme 
egoist." 

Direetion 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 Broadway 



VaudeviDe - Cafes 
Dueto Close July 1; 
Berlin Goes Dead? 



Berlin, June 4. 

Berlin vaudeville houses and 
cabarets have agreed to close July 
1 In sympathy with the picture 
houses as a protest against the high 
amusement taxes. 

Frankfurt exhibitors are also fol- 
lowing the lead, with the possibility 
that other provincial centers may 
do the same. 

Unless '.he city government Is 
reasonable Berlin will be dead, of- 
fering no amusements to tourists. 



^oisy'' Harmony Noise 



Paris, June 4. 

Gaston Poulct, conducting a con- 
cert of music by an American com- 
poser at the Salle Gaveau Mdy 30, 
almost started a riot when the au- 
dience failed to understand the noisy 
harmony. 

Many left the hall with others 
cheering the composer, Edgar Va- 
rose. 



MUSICAL lOVEFEST 

London, June 4. 

Jack Hylton and Bert Ambrose, 
native band masters, gave a fare- 
well luncheon to Abe Lyman June 
1. A large gathering enjoyed the 
brilliant crossfire. 

The party virtually consisted of a 
love feast at which the British mu- 
sicians professed undying love and 
affection for their American col- 
leagues and vice versa. 



PABIS OLTHFIA WIRE 

Paris, June 4. 

Olympla closed Thursday. It Is 
being .wired and will be operated as 
a picture house. 

Jacques Halk plans to reopen the 
house in September. 



"Journey's End" in French 
Paris, June 4. 

Wyn has acquired the French 
rights to "Journey's End." It will 
be produced here next season with 
Fronic Vernon and Virginia Vernon. 

Lucien Besnard Is writing the 
French version of the play. 

Tlio play Is now attracting trade 
with Edward Sterling's English 
players at the Albert Premier the- 
atre. 



Moving to Kit Cat 

Paris, June 4 
Lester Allen and Nelly Brecn are 
going to the Kit Cat Club, London, 
at the end of this month, following 
their present engagement at the 
Ambnssadeurs. 
• After London they may go to 
DeauviUe and Ostend. 



Diet's Theme Song 



A physician's view of the 18- 
day Diet for hopeful reducers 
is that of Dr. B. P. Morrow, of 
New York. ' ■ 

He says Its theme song 
seems to be "Grapefruit" 



Yolterra's New Revne 
Looks Set for Smnmer 



Paris, June 4. 
'Paris Qui Charme," the new re- 
vue at the Casino d9 Paris, opened 
with a grand flourish and. a fine dis- 
play of talent and scenic innova- 
tions. Seems Ukely to have a mod- 
erately successful run. 

Jean Le Seueyx, one of the three 
authors, la responsible .for the 'ar' 
tistic production triumphs. Leon 
Volterra is the producer, while 
Saint Granler and Albert WHlemetz 
share with Le Seyeux. 

In the cast are Garry Pilcer and 
Jack Forrester, who eUso an:anged 
and staged the dances. Others are 
(Miss) Georges Hayes, Rowe twins, 
English sister team, . and Marie 
Duba^, now' figuring as a local star. 

Henry LAveme, ; one of the fa- 
miliar Casino favorites. Is baick. 
German Lambell, Florence and Grip, 
also, and two loctil comedians. Bach 
and'Bandy. 

Sketches are restricted but spec 
tacular scenes are elaborate. The 
most Outstanding is a flood destroy- 
ing an ancient temple. Another, 
resulting in favorable comment, was 
a Virginia plantation number with 
Fllcer leading. 

A slow motion dance, wltlT Flor 
ence Grip, Riviera scene and the 
Rose Garden with the Rowe sisters 
and Pilcer and a volcanic eruption 
using Guerard's fireworks all click 
cd, the flood scene topping every 
thing. 

The 16 Tiller girls remain In the 
show. Fred Mele Is back as musi- 
cal director. 



Risque 'Ulaya'' in Paris 



Paris, Juno 4. 

Wllette kershaw will play "Sibyl 
Harris," the English version of St 
mon GentlUon's risque French com 
edy, "Maya." 

It is to be produced shortly at 
the Studio Champs Elysees. 

"Maya"' was barred In New York 



HUNGABIAN PLAT GOOD 

Paris, June 4. 

"Vie de Chateau," (Castle Life), 
French adaptation of tlie Hungarian 
play by Forenc Molnar entitled "The 
Play's the Thing," started off favor 
ably when here at the Michodlere, 

Leopold Marchand made . the 
aUapfanon 'ff om 'i'"Tran3lalI6ir'lJy" 
Adorjan. 

Cast Includes Constant Remy, Lu 
cien Barouz, Berthler, Blanche Bil- 
bao and Boucpt, who replaced Pierre 
FeuiUcre. 



Peggy Worth in Film 

. Paris, June 4 
Peg^ry Worth has arrived and 
says she will appear In a picture, 



Paris Goes for Ganna 
h Her Own Legit Play 

Paris, June 4. 
Ganna Walska, appearing as the 
featured player in the new work 
by Regis Glrnoux, entitled "Cas- 
tlgllone," attracted a favorable re- 
sponse^ 

Mrs. H. McCormIck mounted the 
show for an Independent season at 
the Comedle des Champs Elysees. 
Edmond Roze, the new manager, 
who was running "Tip Toes," Is the 
producer. 

Nine tableaux, interestingly pre- 
sented, of the lite of Countess Cas- 
tiglione, Jacques- Ibert has written 
the Incidental music. 

In the cast supporting Ganna In- 
the title role are Andre Dubosc as 
Napoleon III, Albert Levesque as 
El Signer Trepollzl, GIsele PIcard 
as Empress Eugenie, Simone Fre- 
valles, Alice Beylat, Reglne Henry, 
Flora Dehon, Barency as King Vic- 
tor Emanuel of Italy, Remain Bou- 
quet as Gavour, and Raymond Lion 
as Count Castlgllone. 




One of Pictures 



London, June 4, 
Throe theatrical people in the 
list of king George's birthday hon- 
ors, Ben Greet, John Galsworthy 
and Gordon Craig. 

Greet, veteran Shakespearian 
manager, who toured 'America for 
many years, with Sybil Thorndike, 
has been knighted at an advanced 
age. . 

John Galsworthy, distinguished 
dramatist, who refused a knight- 
hood 10 years ago, now accepts the 
Order of Merit, highest distinction 
the King can bestow. 

Ernest (Sordon ,.Craig, film dl 
rector and chairman of the New 
Era National Pictures, who pro 
duced "Mons," "Zeebrugge" and 
"The Battle of the Somme," Is the 
first British film producer to re 
celve a knighthood. 

Sir William Jury i^.the only other 
fllm knight, granted several years 
ago for war propaganda. 



London, June 4. 
Only three Of the large number 
of men prominently connected with 
the show business, candidates for 
Parliament, were elected last week. 
These w6re Sir Alfred Butt and 
Sir Walter DeFrece, for years asso- 
ciated In music hall management 
as managing directors of Variety 
Controlling Co., and Harry Day 
(Labor), touring manager, agent 
and producer. 

Ernest Frcdman, proprietor of the 
Daily Film Renter, who became a, 
Labor candidate to flght the en- 
tertainment tax, was at the bottom 
of the poll. Beginald Berkeley, 
playwright, sought re-election as a 
Liberal but failed. 

Both ot Sir Hall Caine's sons were 
again candidates. Ralph Hall Cain, 
Conservative, lost his seat at East 
Dorset. Derwent Hall Calne, for- 
mer actor and partner of Ramsay 
MacDonald's son in a publishing 
business, was elected for the first 
time as a Labor candidate. 

Sir Frank Meyer, associated with 
cinema interests, son of the mil- 
lionaire who started the National 
Theatre Fund, lost his seat at Yar« 
mouth. Sir Nicholas Grattan Doyle, 
director of the Piccadilly Hotel and 
the kit Cat Club, was re-elected 
as a Conservative. J. F.' Horribln, 
strip cartoonist, on the Star, Liberal 
newspaper, was returned to Par« 
llaVnent as a Labor representative. 

The Conservative defeat woa 
hailed ias generally bad tor the 
show business, but scores, ot mor* 
intelligent actors, approxlqiately 
half of the dramatists and. 60 per 
cent;- of Fleet street, voted solidly 
tor Labor, 



"BLUEBEABD" HODEBATE 

Berlin, June 4. 
"Bluebeard," by Offenbach, re- 
vival, presented at the Metropol 
last week, scored moderately. 

Book Is old fashioned, but the 
music still appears to hold as clas- 
sical. 

Leo Slezak and Kaethe Dorsch 
got a triumphant reception In the 
leads. 



2 New Yorkers Score 

London, June 4. 

At the Carlton Hotel cabaret Joe 
Sargent and Stuart Ross have 
scored emphatically. 

Sargent and Ross arc two of the 
three former New Yorkers there. 



SAILINGS 



■ June 14 (New York to London) 
John V. A. Weaver (Mauretania). 

June 5 (New York to London), 
Horace iReevcs, George Black (Ber- 
ongarla). 

June 2 (London to New York), 
John Cecil Graham (Leviathan). 

June 2 (Montreal to London); 
Beatrice Llllio and "This Year of 
Grkce" company . (Regina); 

June 2 (Paris to New York) David 
SdrnofT, Frank Wlrth (Leviathan). 

June 1 (London to New York), 
Madge Tltheradge, La,wrence Eyre 
(Miniretnniir); - ' — — ~— '~- —• ; 

May 31 (New York to Purls): 
Evelyn and Florence Herbert, An- 
tonio Scottl, Mrs. George A. Florida, 
crharles Butterworth; Al Christie, 
Geo. White. (He de France). 

May 31 (New York to Paris) John 
J. Kennedy (Majestic). 

May 31 (New York to Mo.'icow) : 
Isadora Duncan dancers (Carln- 
thla). 



2 Stars m Same Play^ 
But 2 ComiKuiies--New 



London, June 4. 

Percy Burton has arranged tor 
the appearance ot Robert. Loralne 
In "This Thing (jailed Love" at the 
Apollo. Godfrey Tearle will appear 
In tho same role in the' provlncep 
and suburbs simultaneously. 

This is the first time such an ar- 
rangement has-been agreed to by 
stars of such prominence; 

Pathe has the talker rights to the 
play and the film is, being, produced 
now. In this way, with two coin> 
panics covering the entire territory,- 
Burton protects his revenue before 
the film appears. 

The experiment . is being- watched 
with considerable Interest . by vari- 
ous legit and film producers. . 



Honkey-Honse Morals'' 



Ztondon, June 4. 

"Sybarites," comedy ot mohkeyr 
house morals, written by a .West 
End tailor, -contains some brilliant 
dialog after the Oscar Wllde style, 
but a loiig way after. 

It was produced by the Arts The- 
atre Club on June 1 for 10 days. 
That should be sufllclent. 



Vessing 

Paris, June 4. 

Reports received here say Beth. 
Berri and Mark Hsinna . married in 
Calcutta. 

Confirmation Is awaited. 



INDEX 

Foreign 3-59 

Pictures 4-27' 

Picture Reviews 16 

Film House Reviews..;. 37 

Vaudeville .'. 2S-36 

Vaudc Reviews 38 

New Acts 39 

Bills 40-41 

^Tlmes Square 43-45 

Edltorlol 47 

Women's Page •.. 46 

Legitimate. ^ 48-55 

Music 56-58 

Obituary 6ft 

Correspondence . . . . . .. 60-03' 

Letter List 63 

'Inside — Pictiires-^-rr^TT-r-i.— --- 47- 
Tnlklng Shorts ......... 15 

Literati ................. 62 

Legit Reviews 63 

Foreigii Film News 2-6 

Burlesque ' - 42 

Sports 45, 

In.slde— Legit 47 

Inside — Vaudc 47 

New.") of Dallies. .; 42 

Outdoors 60 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



Fdin Critics' Standiiig 



No change has occurred in the 
sequence of the first seven fliih re- 
viewers in the New fork division 
since publication of the last tabu- 
lation March 9. They finish the 
season In rue relative positions then 
held, Thirer, first, closely trailed by 
Cohen, and then In order George 
Gerhard, Bland Jolmneson, Reglna 
Cannon, Katherlne Zlmmemian and 
Betty Colfax. 

P<;rcentagcs are generally lower 
but otherwise — and for the first 
time on record — each holds his or 
her previous niche. 

Variety's film critics' box score 
Rpnnning a season of 52 weeks from: 
June to June lists 225 features for 
*28-"29 against 282 the previous year. 
Advent of dialog Alms has delayed 
release schedules of all companleis. 

Present tabulation with Mae 
Tinee leading in Chicago and Irene 
Thlrcr In New York brings to ah 
end Variety's second annual box 
score on the film writers. Third 
box score will be started immedi- 
ately. 

A change will drop from the tab- 
ulations other trade papers al- 
though Variety will continue to 
check up on Itself and the reist. 
Irregular reviewing habits of the 
other trade papers, their failure to 
cover all Broadway openings and 
publications of reviews weeks, 
sometimes months, after the picture 
has been- released, all make their 
tabulation dlfflcult if not in'eyelant. 
Star Ratings 

Miss Tlnee and Miss Thirer both 
work for the McCOrmlck-Patterson 
group of publications which use a 
Btar-gradlng system on reviews. Of 
late in both cases Variety's score-, 
keeper has observed dlscrependes 
between the text of their notices 
and the star ratings. In the future 
when such contradictions are noted 
a no opinion will be. interpreted. For 
the Information of the Misses Thirer; 
<ihd Tliiee Variety .will hCBceforth, 
Interpret aifythUig les^ ,fJian !three! 
stars as an unfavorable opinion. , 

Los Angeles critic^ are . again 



omitted, as reviewers they are Jn 
the majority a total loss. 

Some doubt appears still to exist 
among film reviewers, east and 
west, as to the basis and nature 
of Variety's appraisals of pictures. 
Variety rates pictures from- a box- 
office record standpoint, not fromi 
the local box ofHce of New Tork or.' 
Chicago but from the country at 
large. 

Variety arrives at its conclusions 
by a study of its own reports and 
by a re-'Check -with the sales , de- 
partments of all releasing com- 
panies. Pictures are then graded 
as failures or successes and ac- 
cording as their opinions jibe with 
such ratings the various fllni re- 
viewers obtain their critical per- 
centages. 

i No opinions are self-explanatory. 
They • usually arise -(vhere the re- 
viewer dwells .exclusively upon the 
plot or the stars' performance neg- 
lecting to state -the 'entertainment 
quality of the pictures as a whol6. 
Condescending reviews in which it 
is grudgingly confessed the picture 
may appeal to unidentified social 
strata also are apt to be grouped 
as no oipinions. Any vital contra- 
diction must naturally be so classi- 
fied. 

In Chicago where the percentages 
r'ange on an average about 100 
points above the Manhattanltes it is 
notable that the reviewers write 
with little or no self-conscious lit- 
erary mannerisms; A couple-df the. 
New Yorkers seem quite -willing to 
sacrifice meaning to wording and 
if they can coin an epigram in pass- : 
ing no opinions roll off like peas on 
their knives. They may, phrase for 
quoting, even if that's mean. 

Reglna Gannon <Amerlcan), who 
finished fifth with .673 after cover- 
ing 162 pictures, more than any- 
one else, has been replaced with- 
in the last couple- of weeks by 
Reglna -.Carewe. ■ Jeftery,- Homes- 
dailet one of. the :flbu reviewers .'Of 
the morning' .World, -has gone! to 
England since the last box score, to 
assume his tit^e as Earl of Amherst. 



Box Score for ^27-28 



key to the abbrevtatiohs; PC (pictures caught); R (right)^ 
W (wrong); O (no opinion expreksed)-; .Pet. (pereantege). 



NEW YQRK 

PC- ■ ■ ' 

BLAND JOHANESON ("IMirror")!. 91* 
GEO. GERHARD (^Evto. Wortd»)v. 161 
REGINA CANNON ("American"):. 229 
JOHN 8. COHEN, JR.'CSun").... 181 

QUINN MARTIN ("World").. 117 

ALISON SMITH ("World") . . ...... 34 

BETTY COLFAX« ("Graphic") .... 171 

MORDAUNT HALL ("Times")..;. 186 
RICHARD WATTS,JR. ("HerTr.") 107 
JOHN K. HUTCHEN8 ("Post") ... 69 
IRENE THIRER ("News"),.....;. 192 i 

JEFFERY HOMESDALE ("World") 33 ' 
KATH'INE ZIMMERMAN ("TeU.^) 32 

*Julia Showell. 



R. 


W. 


O. 


.Pet 


'65 


25 


1 


.714 


109 


46 


6 


.677 


149 


69 


21 


.660 


114 


62 


15 


.629 


73 


22 


22 


.624 


21 


3 


10 


.618 


113 


44 


14 


.602 


109 


62 


26 


.586 


60 


44 


3 


.560 


38 


23 


8 


360 


95 


64 


42 


.489 


16 


14 


3 


.485 


12 


12 


8. 


J374 



CHICAGO 





PC. 


R. 


W. 


O. 


.Pet. 


GENEVIEVE HARRIS ("Post")... 


.126 


91 


27 


7 


.744 


CAROL FRINK ("Examiner**) 


131 


96 


27 


8 


.733 


ROB REEL* ("American") 


67 


49 


16 


2 


.731 




102 


73 


10 


10 


.679 




134 


88 


35 


11 


.658 


ARTHUR SHEEKMAN ("Journal' 


) 92 


65 


21 


6 


.609 



* (Hazel Kennedy); t (France* Kurner). 



Fox Angfing Through 
Bankers for Colnmhia? 



Philadelphia, June A. 

Al Greenfield, realty operator of 
this city, is reported negotiating 
with William Fox for the purchase 
of Columbia Jflttures. 

The negotiations are being car- 



ried on througK"^oaaSPd~ami-CDm^ 
pany, New York bankers, for Co- 
lumbia. 

.The Goddard house is. said to have 
financed the Columbia's . recent 
flotation. It is now holding, almost 
all of the. s.tock . repeived by it in 
the transactiaun. Goddard, from the 
account,, is ;i pisiyjng the Columbia 
jnajorltiv, stockholdler/s a, large 
fnorithly sum for .12 months,. 
. ^,'^*at^^^ng known Ji.?re- as to how 
iar tbe dickering lias gpjifi , • ; .,< 



"Here 'Tie" 
Yours Very Truly 

LITTLE JACK LITTLE 

A pioneer radio name of seVen 
years' standing. Known and idolized 
by millions. Every sale of a radio, 
set adds to this tremendous follow- 
ing. An R-K-O Gold Medal Winner, 
without holding contracts with the; 
organization. Now preparing ai. 
European vacation. All bookings 
direct. 

This week, -Albee Theatre, Cin-. 
cinnati, Ohio. 

Next week, St. Ix>uis Theatre, St.. 
Louis, Mo. 



Five Bluenose Reasons 

Lios Angeles, June 4. 

Number of local blue nose organi- 
zations headed by the Good Govern- 
ment Association, have petitioned 
the city council to pass an ordi- 
nance forbidding Sunday pictures. 
Communication states that houses 
should be closed for following rea 
sons:. "Ijord says to keep Holy the 
-Sallbath,_daju ._;^j)icUi_r©^ jlipws^ on 
Sunday have no bearing' on~the 
Bible; Sunday mntlnee.? encourage 
minors who should be otherwise 
keeping Sabbath holy; rougher ele 
ments congregate around . picture 
shows setting a bad example to the 
younger generation; cut rate, pic- 
ture shows decrea.se attendance in 
Sunday - schools thereby depriving 
the young of their proper training, 

Council referred the petition io 
committee on public welfare,, ,., 




ITs New Soimd Newsred FiD 
Hav^ OHperafon of Kmograins 



Actor bdepeikknt 
Of Pictures wiA 



Talker og Ceatinf; 

Portable Eqiq^ment 



Talking pictures were shown on 
the 20th Ccntui7 to Chicago,. Sun- 
day afternoon for the first time on 
any railroad. Hitherto it has beeii 
considered impossible to exhibit 
talkers on trains owing to the sound 
interference from the wheels and 
■ails. 

The pictures shown were pro- 
jected on the Home Talkie Machine 
portable, equipment and ' demon- 
strated by Mike Simmons, director 
of piiblitiity and advertising for 
Home Talkies. 

Talking pictures may be Installed 
permanently. - A private test' -was 
made on board - a tralA before the 
public exhibition ' was undertaken. 



Stop Extras Playing Brnbe 
Betweeo Shots at Stoifio 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

There'll be no morenipiftracts of 
five hearts" between shots .at War. 
ners. Extras are going to have to 
find something else to do besides 
playing bridge on this lot. Studio 
execs suggest that the also's might 
not be wasting their time if watch- 
ing bow pictures are made now 
and then. 

Official ban has been decreed 
against any card game by the ex 
tras behind sets on the stages. It 
was discovered the players were 
reluctant to drop their hands when 
called. Result was several minutes 
delay, at the customary overhead 
of BO much per minute. 



Buddy Rogers M. C. in Chi 

Chicago, June 4. 

Buddy Rogers will appear for 
two weeks commencing July 6 at 
Balaban & Katz* Chicago theatre 
as master of ceremonies. 

Rogers is a Paramount con- 
tracted featured picture player. 
He last appeared here in the Par 
talker, "Close' Harmony." In that 
film he did a role as m. c, and 
novelty trick instrument player. 



Fox Fashions 

Glenn AUvinc, publicity head for 
Fox in the east, is now establishing 
a syndicate for pictorial layovits on 
fat-htons nnr" beauty hints. . 

Service will be free to the press 
of the country and will furnish 
features and mats on advance 
styles and beauty hints used by 
Fox i)layers on the Coast. 



Busy? Oh, Boy!" ~ 

Los Angeles,. June 4. 

Albert Lewis, eastern casting 
head for Fox, will remain here 
until September, sitting in on three 
picttires going into production, one 
of them a big minstrel story. 

In addition Lewis has beon sit- 
ting in with the dontist, having had 
fi-ye teeth extracted within the past 
,tep„^iaj,-a., " ' . 



Par^. A. Deal 



A deal was reported under- 
way yesterday between Para- 
mount and United Artists. 

Seine quarters gain the be- 
lief a favorable agreement had 
been reached between the two 
organizations. 

TJ. A. had been dickering 
with Warners. That was de- 
clared off some weeks ago. 

United Artists is a pro- 
ducing and distributing or- 
ganization as well as a thea- 
tre owner. It is not operating 
its theatres at present, but 
holds current control of them. 




icome 



Morton I>owney figured ' up his 
weekly gross and found New Tork 
is more lucrative to him on the 
outside of pictures than Hollywood 
might 'be on the Inside of the stu- 
dios. Downey at present is at the 
Casanova nlte club roof, goes on a 
commercial Radio hour weekly and 
is drawing a steady royalty, for his 
phonograph records. 

The singer lately finished his 
third musical talker, starting with' 
Syncopatlon" (RKO), then "Moth- 
er'a Boy" (Pathe).. and the third 
for. Pathe, just completed. Asked 
by Pathe to. go to the Coast fpr 
another talker, Downey balked. His 
weekly income from the nlte clttb 
is $1,760, It would have, entailed 
Dowries also losing the Radio fibur 
and broken off' negotiations for a- 
Keith vaudeville appearance at 
$2,500 a week. 

Downiey again backed up 'at 
Pathe's suggestion of two-reelars, 
when a contract release was agreed 
upon between Pathe and Downey. 

DoVney'says he cannot aflbrcTto 
throiw his eastern prospects over 
for Hollywood unless receiving a 
large enough guarantee In talkers 
to compensate him for all of his 
eastern -losses.; 

Another inducement to remain in 
New -Tork for Downey is to create 
the lead role in either of two pro- 
posed Broadway musicals to him. 
It holds the probability of a sea- 
son's run without Interfering with 
his other professional work. 

Downey's agent is T. D. Kemp, Jr. 



Academy's Conunitt^ 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Following members of ' the Motion 
Picture . Academy of Arts- and Sci- 
ences have been elected to act on 
the Conciliation committee of ' the 
five' branches: Rod La Rocque and 
Conrad Wage! will represent the 
actors, Reginald Barker -and Sam 
Taylor the directors, William Sis- 
trom and Louis B, Mayer the pro- 
ducers, J. T. Reed and H. H. Barter 
the technicians, and Tom Miranda 
and. John S. Goodrich for the 
writers. 

These men will act as go-be- 
tweens with the producers in set 
tllng Individual squawks that may 
come up among the various mem 
bers of the Academy during the en 
suing year. 



On the strength of the co-opera-, 
tion of Klnograms and the ambition 
of drawing all newsreels In the field 
iiito its syndicate proposition. Uni- 
versal has appropriated about $600,- 
000 to get its «wn reel underway in 
August when it will discontinue In- 
ternational, according to the infor- 
mation sent Hearst. 

With Hearst In the Warner camp, 
including Cosmopolitan productions, 
and one of the Hearst silent news 
con'verted into sound, U feels its 
sound news plan sound. 

Besides the money it saves on the 
tie-up with Klnograms, described in 
the Albany certificate of incorpora- 
tion as Associated Newsi-eels, Inc., 
Universal, is also splittingoa share 
of the proceeds with about 18 news- 
papers for promotional work to be 
done in their territories. 

Separate offices for the A. S. of 
which Capt. Baynes is gen. mgr. 
will be selected upon Baynes' return 
from London. He is over there ar- 
ranging for British representation. 



ESIHEB'S FBIVILEOE 

Los Angeles, June 4, 
Though Esther Ralston Has a con- 
ti-act which does not expire until 
November, 1930, Paramount lias 
given . her the privilege of offering 
her services elsewhere for the bal- 
ance of the time to other producers. 
nea8on.~for_«this-Js;_jaettaln„flfi: 



mands to which the studio did not 
care to accede. However, if they 
could be .secured elsewhere it would 
be okay with this company. 



Howard Hughes III 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Howard Hughes, head of Caddo 
Pictuv>>s, has been confined to . his 
home here '■ for the past , few days 



Central Casting WiD Test 
Talker Applicants 



t^s Angeles, June 4. 
Centra) Casting Corporation will 
start holding try-outs for people 
who wish 'employment in the talking 
pictures. These try-outs will be for 
voicei danclni; ability, acting, etc 
They will b^ t)resided over, by spe- 
cialists from the various studios. 
. It is intended to. have classes of 
SO each evening, beginning June. 10, 
until the rotings of 'various players 
are obtained. People i-egistering 
will nQt alone be rated as to their 
ability for 'specific spcclialties, b()t 
also as to their physical appear- 
ance. The try-outs will ev^u be for, 
musicians desirous of 'f)ecoming 
screen players. 

' Da^e Allen, head of the Central 
Casting;, vrlll be ' in chdri^. After 
:the registriition ° ie conipleted all 
the people' 'will be given- classlflca- 
tloA' and later grouped. Those whose 
rating has 'been okayed by the Cen- 
tral will be accepted -ifor all studios, 
which' wilt call through that office 
for players. • 



la Grmda" for Ulric 



Los Angeles,' June 4. 
"La Grinda" shelved last year by 
Fox will be revived by it for Lenore 
Ulrlc. Original productloh wiis di- 
irected by 'Irving Ctimniings with 
Maria Alda, Lionel' Barrymore and 
Kenneth Thompson in the cast. 

Entirely new cast, story, and 
llne-iip. 



CHAPLIN'S XmiBAOO 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Charles Chaplin is confined to his 
home in Beverly Hilts following a 
severe attack of I-unibagd. 

Doctors state he may not be able 
to work for some lime. 



Wnii'S HACIENDA 

'Los Angeles, June 4. 
Fox is building a $7,000 Srianish 
hacienda at Movietone City for Will 
Rogers. How the horse would have 
enjoyed that. ■' 



"Romeo" Burlesque 

Los Angeles,' June 4. 
'"Broadway Melody" ie staying on 
an extra week a:t the Chinese be- 
cause lietro Is still shooting on its 
revue, now scheduled to succeed it 
at this house, 'June 12. 

Revue is iiaving an insert se- 
qiience'made of Norma Shearer and 
John Gilbert playing- "Romeo and 
Juliet" legitirnately and then bur- 
lesquing it for modern . version, 
which shows Lionel Bwrymore dl- 
reoting. . 



Irene Rich's Tour - 

Keith's has booked Irene Rich for 



the entire •westem'TOrTflft'uiBTTOute,-— 
following- completion of Keith time 
in the east. . . 

She will wind up her vaude tour 
at home .(Los Angeles). 



Tracey's Film Chosen 

' Los Angeles, June 4. 
Lee Tracey will appear In "Big 
Tinvo!'. for Fox. 
Kenneth Hawks will direct. 



Wednesday. June 5, 1929 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



6 






W . E Deda(Hi for SonndKtn-Fdiii 
May Not Be Conclimve, as 
RCA Photophone Stands m Way 



> Western Electric, It is under- 
stood, expects to force a showdown 
within the month that will stand- 
ardize'' one system ot talker repro- 
duction. This will be the culmina- 
tion' of Interro^tlngr- letters already 
sent Its producer licensees by J. E. 
Otterson, head of Electrical Re- 
search products. 

Announcement of the decision 
will be made- through producers as 
individuals. There Is every Indica- 
tion from favoritism shown It In 
both electric camps and among film 
men themselves that sound on film 
will be the choice. It has even been 
boldly : Intimated In Its headquar- 
ters recently . that 'Western may 
abandon the manufacture of disc 
equipment next' fall. But there are 
a number of reasons wjiy Western's 
decision, if realized now, will not be 
efCectlve for another six months or 
a year. 

Even though 90 per cent of 'WestT 
ern's 2,000 American InsbUlatlons 
are dual, so that the discarding of. 
the disc would hot affect Its own 
customers, there are an estimated 
several thousand theatre owners 
who are getting- by on disc equip- 
ment nnd whose patronage would 
be lost were there any large pro- 
ducing competitors in the field, who 
would continue disc service after 
the de'tfsloii. 

"'photwphone Against 

.That Radio, while in favor of 
sound on film, which method Is the 
only one used by its seven producer 
licensees In their shooting, wiU buck 
the discontinuance of disc, repro- 
duction, is. Indicated by . the com- 
meht. of a Phptpphpne chief after 
learning of the 'Western move: 

"We shall continue to put sound 
on film and disc so long as there is 
a legitimate demand for either." 

Without. Radio's consent to dls-; 
continue disc the - producers' atti- 
tude, as reflected by several repre-; 
septatlye compeinles. Is that they 
cannot allord. partiality to either 
system. Of the producers. Para- 
mount is the . only one . which has 
announced 100 . per cent sound on 
aim releases during July and Au- 
gust. 

One' film producer In a strategic 
position with both of the electrics 
terms discs an extravagance to the 
Industry totalling through breakage 
hundreds of thousands of dollars 
yearly. At the same time he declares 
that discs cannot be abandoned so 
long as ' others ■Would utilize them 
without competition. 



MORE UNIONS 
FOR COAST 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Labor crafts as yet unorganized 
In the cinema field are maklnc; an 
effort to get together. At present 
there Is what Is known as a "Ul3 
Five" agreement between the stu- 
dios and national labor organiza- 
tlon.s. 

Now the property men, not mem- 
bers pf the I.A.T.S.B., wnrilrobe. 
and costume people and those dolns 
teclinlcni work on sound stag-is arc 
starting to organize. There have 
been a number of mass meetings 
held by tlusn various groups in- 
viting st-dlo workers In their re- 
speciive cla.ssep'to Join. It Is un- 
tlorstood th.it considerable headway 
.Iv-s been mnde toward unionizing 
.these -ppople-find.- thaL.>bj!_SiUt,_i. 
thry wUI moke their demands for 
recognition upon the A.M.P.P. 



DIX, B-E-O AND BOMANCE 

Richard Dix goes with Radio Pic- 
tures. 

Having appeared In athletic and 
comedy roles with Paramount. With 
Radio Pictures he w'iU have roman- 
tic stories; -■ • . ■ 



Coast Unknowing, 
But 600 Jobs Open 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

Frank Gillmore, president ot 
Equity, arrived here with a re- 
ported plan to submit a new 
form of standard contract to 
film producers. But It 'was 
not known' his presence was 
for the purpose ot Inaugurat- 
ing Equity shop starting to^ 
morrow ao tar as the making- 
of tfilkers la concerned. Mem- 
bers of the Association of Mo- 
tion Picture Producers knew 
nothing of the plan and their 
stand is problematic. 

Oillfnore has remained silent, 
disregarding the claim that 
there is an average of but 600 
picturie Jobs at any one time. 
-Will Hays Is said not to be 
cognizant ot the situation. 

There Is some idea that it 
will be proposed that Equity's 
plan win be referred to the 
Academy of Motion Picture 
Arts and Sciences. 

As tar as Equity ' is con- 
cerned, it has passed up the 
Academy as an organization 
fostered by employers. 



FOX'S CONTROL 
OF LOEf S FOR 
STOCK-ONLY 



Possibility of Dept. Justice 
Forbidding Wm. Fox's 
.Active Control 



Washington, June 4. 

Department of Justice Investi- 
gators checking the Fox-Loew deal 
are submitting final reports. De- 
partment officially admits this but 
adds that until a successor to CoL 
Wm. J. Donovan takes over the 
anti-trust functions of the depart- 
ment, no action will be taken. 

That action will be forthcoming 
shortly Is thus established as the 
Senate Is expected dally to confirm 
John 'Lord O'Brien, the President's 
choice to succeed Donovan. 

There may still b6 a further de- 
lay In that It waa stated several of- 
flclalk in the tihtl-triist division had 
gone out during the past week. 
, This Is looked upon here as the 
shake-up forecast when Attorney 
General Mitchell personally took 
over the various pending picture 
cases, as recently reported, includ- 
ing the Fox-Loew deal, Assurances 
had been given Fox the depart- 
ment saw nothing In the pending 
purchase of Loew's control- upon 
which It would "frown." 

That the department should re- 
verse^ itself and put Its investi- 
gators to work checking the deal 
leads to a possibility of some ac- 
tion upsetting Fox taking active 
control of Loew's although holding 
actual control through stock owner- 
ship. 

Fox and his legal counsel, Saul 
E. Rogers, are scheduled for a con- 
— -__(CantlmiBd_on_paea..a 6i 

Time! 

Los Angeles, June 4, 
All studios went dark Thursday 
(Decoration Day), but the boys 
found the gimmick In' the vacation 
when they discovered everybody 
was called for Saturday, and Sun- 
day to make uit for tHi rest period. 



JiE 5 FOR lOOfo 
EQUITY i COAST 



No Equity Member Can Ap- 
pear in Dialbir or Sound 
Pictures Without Casts 
All-Equity — Claim Made 
Stand Is Partially for Pro- 
tection of Legitimate Pro- 
ducing F i e 1 d — ^Vote of 
Coast Membership Said to 
Have Favored Position 



MAY GO TO BATTLE 



Equity has declared for Equity 
Shop in talking and sound pictures. 

Without previous announcement 
of .its intention the actors' organ- 
ization has ordered that starting to- 
day (June 5) Equity 'ine'mbers may 
appear in talking picture work only 
if the complete casts are 100 per 
cent Equity. . The order is effective 
in. .New York, and on the Coast 
where Frank . Clillmora, the Equity 
president,. Is en the ground. 
. While the move Is mandatory, it 
was made only after a poll of 
Equity actors In Los Angeles 
voted for the Equity Shop idea. 

A blue form ot new standard 
minimum contract Is to be used, 
this form setting forth a long list 
of rules governing working condi- 
tions. Equity states these rules 
may not cover all points equitably 
but If there Is. any objection on the 
part of picture producers. It is -will- 
ing to discuss any questioned t>olnt 
and to abide by the. decision of an 
Independant umpire if agreement 
cannot be reoch^. 
' A com{>Iete copy ot the contract 
and rules appears In this Issue. 

Equity anticipates it may be 
forced Into a flght with picture 
producers over the Equity - Shop 
plan. 

Equity feels all players from the 
legitimate are a cardinal necessity 
ih talkers, which explains why 
Equity demands the right to invade 
the talker field. 

One of the most important points 
in the new contract is the estab- 
(Contlnued on page 50) 



Equity s Demands 'tqiiity Shop" 



Equity's pertinent demands contained in its contract and rules 
for an "Equity (closed) Shop' 'In talking pictures are: 
A 48- hour week. 

Any Equity member must not appear unless in an all-Equity cast. 
No voice substitution without the consent of the actor substituted 
for. 

All players' contracts after June 6. to be of Equity's standard form. 
Violation of "Open Shop" order by Equity' member will prohibit 
violator from returning to legit stage. 
Minimum length of work one week. 
All rehearsals considered as actual work. 

One-half salary after first week for next five weeks and full salary 
thereafter for any postponed or suspended picture. 
Sunday work only when lawful. 



Mae Murray Informs Open-Mouth 
Critics flow and Where They're Wrong 



Eastman, Rochester, Is 
Going All-Sonnd Fihns 



Rochester, N. T., June 4. 

Eastman theatre, the pet of 
George Eastman for music and 
stage presentations, is shortly going 
all sound. 

House Is now under the operation 
of Publlx Theatres. ' Mr. Eastman' 
r&n It under his direct attention 
from Its opening until a tew months 
ago when the - operating deal was 
entered Into -with Publlx. 



SUNDAY LAW KILLED 



Missouri High Court Holds Town 

Can't Forbid Pictures Alone . 

• • 

Kansas City, June 4. 

The Missouri Supreme Court, en 
banc, has Just ruled that a city ordi- 
nance of Sprlngfleld, Mo., prohibit- 
ing motion picture shows on Sun- 
day, was class legislation and un- 
constitutional. 

The ruling affirmed the Judgment 
of the Greene county criminal court 
in dimlsslng a complaint against 
W. "W. Smith, owner of the Grand 
theatre In 1926. 

The supreme court's decision held 
that the city had a right to enact 
such legislation if the act covered 
all forms of amusement. 



EQUITY INIMll CONTRAO 

STANDARD FORM 
Issued by the 

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION 

To Be Issued by 

Producers of SOUND and/or TALKING PICTURES in Engaging Princi- 
pals as Hereinafter Defined in Paragraph 4 (a), whose 
Minimum Employment Is One TA'eek. 



AGliEEMEXT made this day of 19 

between (hereinafter called "PRODUCER"), 

whose address Is 

ond ..(hereinafter called "ACTOR"), 

whose address is Telephone No 

Rules Over Page a Part Hereof 

1. The parties hereto agree that "RULES" on the page or pages follow- 
ing are a part hereof and binding upon the parties thereto. 

Agreement of Employment (One Picture Only) 

2. The Producer hereby engages the Actor to render his sole and exclu- 
sive services in thb character of In the motion 

picture the working title of which is now . .at a 

salary of Dollare ($ ) per week, lawful 

money of the United States of America, the said services to be performed 

at the studio of the Producer in the City ot - , and/or 

at such other place or placea a." the Producer may from time to time 
designate. The Actor accepts said engagempnt upon the terms herein 
specified. 

Starting Date 

3. (a) The term hereof shall be from on or about the day ot 

, 19 hereinafter called "Starting Date," to the • 

day of . 19 ; if the second blank is not filled in, then 

the term shall be four weeks from the starting date; If the starting date 
is not filled In, then, Equity consenting, this contract Is void. The employ- 
ment of th.. Actor shall begin on or about the starting date, and, within 
the term herein sped Aed, shall continue consecutively thereafter until 
the plcturlzatlon and/or voice recordation of said character in said pic 
ture is completed. 

.- ^ _ — i n iwuiff-GaarBTitTO-* — — — - - 

3. (b) The Producer hereby guar.intee.s to the Actor a minimum of 

.....consecutive weeks' work, commencing with the startln;,- date, 

and to' pay him therefor; said minimum guaranteed employment to bo 
not leas than tVo-thlrds of the term specified In Paragraph 3 (a) and 
in no evont to be less than one week, commencing with the starting date. 
• Forty-eight Hour Leeway 
3. (c) The phrase "on or about" means forty-eight hours each way 
(Sundays and holidays exclusive) ;. provided, however, that same do not 
con-fllct .wlth botia fide existing employment of the Actor. 

3 (d) If through' the operation of 3 (c) the Actor Is called, to work 
(Continued on page- 60) ' ■ 



Just after confiding to several ot 
the guests her philosophy that fear 
is - the. cause- ot unhappiness, Maa 
Murray arose above a- long table in 
the Crystal Ballroom of the Ritz 
and exhibited a courage never dared 
by a film star. 

She . socked right Into the teeth 
of New York dally reviewers, the 
guests summoned to eat and get ac- 
quainted In the usual way, a bar- 
rage at their ego. - 

In a cool manner, with atkundan't 
smll'^ but flashing eyes and with, 
voice modulated but emphatic. Miss 
Murray took the film sobbies, who 
outnumbered the press gentry, 
down peg by peg. She did It so nice- 
ly that she sat down among open 
mouths which didn't close until the 
signlflcance of her remarks started 
to' hit tiome. 

Miss Murray's message, 8trlpi[>ed 
ot flourishes, was simply: 

First: A warning to the writing 
boys and girls to think less about 
themselves and commence giving 
the reading public some considera- 
tion. 

Second: To look around in tha- 
theatre and not Concentrate all their 
attention on themselves and the 
screen. 

Third: That audience reaction ia 
the most important Judge, ot a pic- 
ture, not what the Individual thinks. 

Four: To realize that life's illu- 
sions are few, even tor the masses, 
and not to mercilessly rent the veil 
of the people's chief diversion. 
Studying Audiences 

Miss Murray said that she had 
demonstrated these principals to her 
own satisfaction before advocating 
them. During her 16 months on the 
road the star said she rarely tallecl 
to sit Incog among the audience. 
Her study of its reaction proved th« 
same for all audiences. Where ona 
crowd in Jollet liked the show, the 
same approbation was witnessed In 
Oshkosh, she said. , 

"Tou don't harm us," she smiled 
on the amazed sobbles; "you harm 
the ' great public, ' the people ' trlio 
have to think sparingly ot spetullnjg 
tb.eir half dollars. Tou spolli by ia 
vl'iwpolht that Is personal, that Illu- 
sion which the masses depend upoa 
for entertainment." 

The biggest rub came when Mlsa 
Murray reminded them that she Is 
Hollywood- bound and that when 
TIftany-Stahl releases her "Pea- 
cock" she hopes- reviewers will wit- 
ness It In the light of her curricu- 
lum on criticism. 

Maybe the sock was Inspired b7 
Mordaunt Hall's diffident "may at- 
tend" when the invitation was ex- 
tended; or else Quinn Martin's 
brusque exclamutlon to the pleasant 
Tiffany-Stahl girlie phoning the 
bids: 

"Wliy the hell should I go?" 



LENS MAN DIBECIS OWN TAEN 

— ~— .--"Iioti-Angelesr-June-4. 

. Univoi'sal will star Joseph Schlld- 
kraut in "The MIsftissippi Gambler," 
original by Karl Brown who Is a 
former cameraman turned director 
and now writer. Brown turned 
crank on "Tlie Covered Wagon." 

Production of "The Barnstorm- 
i-rs," in which Schlldkraut and 
i l.iiurn I/u Plahte are to be co-star* 
I red, follow*. --v 



J6 



VARIETY 



FOREIGN FILM NEWS 



lyednesday, June 6, 1929 



SAPENECENM 
ENTIRE FRENCH 
SITUATION 



I Using AH Manner of 
; Means — One Am. Talker 
in All France 



Paris, June 4. 
' Bombshells have b«en plentiful 
all round this week in the complex 
!nim quota situation which has 
jarlsen. Sapene, -who still expects 
jthe American producers to pay him 
1(1,000,000 or more to keep quiet,. has 
launched the most violent attack 
iyet made on the Americans. 
! In addition, the newspaper com- 
bine Informed the Hays organiza- 
tion it Is going to suspend Ameri- 
can film advertisers for five yearn 
for advertising In Ami du Peuple, 
wliloh Is not In the combine; ' This 
move evidently also from^ the 
Sapene quarter, since Coty, publish- 
er of Ajnl du Peuple has been yior 
l«ntly dppoised to the. film quota and 
'«speclally Incensed at Sapene's un- 
Iderhand tactics. " 
' Aside from, this, 15 boy ushers 
At the Paramount caused a hear 
;rlot in the' theatre when a strike, 
,Bald to have been fomented by out- 
side interests, broke <>ut, and a 
French congressman demanded that 
the government take some' action on' 
talkers on the grounds that the pic- 
tures are in the English language 
and therefore a menace to tlie 
.French language. 

Another furore was created when 
one of the Americans dealing with 
the French said the Americans, 
would be willing to do business U 
the <tirota ot last year, 7 to l; was 
continued, when the Americans had 
prevIottsly -iBtated they could not do 
business under any quota law. 

The silver ' lining to th« ' murky 
heavens is a report that Sapene Is 
favorably considering the Fathe- 
Natan offer to.biiy his studios. It 
Is generally believed here that U 
Sapene sella his carload of junk he 
will :8tep out of the whole thing and 
that an amicable arrangement may 
then be possible with the balance 
of the French industry. 

Consternation Is expressed by all 
Americans that the quota sugges- 
tions, of four to one and 30 per cent, 
free., are going to be railroaded 
through the French Government. 
All that is necessary la that the 
minister and tne president sigh the 
paper and the quota becomes law, 
Sapen.e's Nerve . 
Sapene, In ^ written statement to 
members of the Chambre Syndlcale, 
has had the . effrontery to openly In 
suit the Americans for refusing to 
be blackjacked. Many marvel that 
the American Government hasn't 
demanded an explanation of such 
strenuous remarks. 
One of Sapene's statements: 
"The truth is that the Americans 
arc trying to enslave Europe to 
their Ideas through propaganda by 
means of the cinema which brings 
American propaganda before the 
whole 'world. It is the best and 
least costly means "of favoring de- 
velopment of their Influence." 

Sapene stated further that Amer- 
ica's large growth In. foreign .trade 
was also due ' mostly to American 
Alms. Sapene has told several pop- 
ple' that the tariff suggestion With 
pnrt of the revenue being turned 
over to the French film producers 
wan no good as the French Govern- 
ment would not give producers any 
pnrt of the duty. 

Sapene reiterates that Americans 
ought to deal directly with the 
French producers to overcome this 
angle. 

Threats 

Despite that it Is against the law 
the newspaper combine, which is 
composed of five - leading dailies, 
noti&e'd Paramount and Metro that 
It wanted to know why further 
newspaper ad'Vertlsing should, not 
be refused after the Americans had 
dared to employ Ami du Feuple. 
"Bblir:A'inerica'n-companles-liav«Jgi- 
nored the threat. : 

■When Paramount was forced to 
discharge one of tl»e captains of 
ushers all the lads, numbering 44; 
threatened to walk out. • They were 
told to go ahead, and IS walked. 
■When the discharged members .dj! 
the crew were refused admittance 
'to the theatre the next day they 
caused a rumpus in the lobby. A 
cordon of police . was stationed' on 

£uurd In aiid around, the theatre. 

), .•■in ( f- t-- ( 



(ktter ini Havana 

By RENE CANIZARES 

Havana, June 4. 

One of the greatest Independence 
Day celebrations was held here Hay 
20tli. Double ceremonies, Pres. 
Machado taking the oath tor an^ 
other six years, and the 27th anni- 
versary of tlie Cuban Republic, 
Envoys from 37 li'ations were pres-; 
ent. ' 

Cameramen had hard time owi^ig 
to the crowds. Only sound picturies 
taken were by Fox Movietone, usipg 
sound equipment of the "Girl From 
Havana" unit shooting the Aim 
here. Russica, manager of the local 
Fox exchange, was ' busy trying to 
get enough passes for the four 
trucks and thet camera car: Ben 
StolofC directed the newsreel shoot- 
ing. 



Nat tilebeskihd,' local mnnagier 
for I4rst National, bought the Cu- 
ban isbng' "Tie Qtifero," to be used 
in ai 'Vltaphone production. 



Al Pratchet, Paramount, has re- 
turned from a business trip to New 
York. 



Saenger Linic 

A new link in the Saenger chain 
in <;uba has been added with the 
rental .of tlie Encanto, one of the 
inosl. ihodern. houses here, for a 
period' of 30 years. Marlon IS. Fer-I 
rera, .formerly, manager of Fausto,' 
lias been transferred to Encanto. 
Howard . McCoy,' Saenger representr 
ative in CabA, has brought Don 
Phllllpi^nl'. from the New Orleans 
theiltre as conductor of the or- 
chestra. Maestro Vicente Lanz will 
be .associate donductor. Phil Tra- 
versl ' continues at the console, 
tiatir this house will be wired. 



Havana Color 
Pathe has the only two talking 
films shown In Cuba so far. First 
was . "The Spieler!', and last week 
"Sbady iJifiy:.' This film brought 
some .comment from the press, as 
the action is supposed to be in Ha- 
vana. Rene Cardone, a Havana na- 
tive, was advertised as the technical 
director. Tlie only , things that look 
like Havana ore the straw hats. 



% FoK Unit 

. "Girl from Havana," Fox unit tone, 
has been her4 three weeks shooting 
the whole film with dialog and 
sound In Havana and nearby. No 
dlflncuities have been encountered 
by. .the company. Russica, local 
manager for Fox, is acting; as guide. 
Company includes Director' Ben 
Stoloft, Paul Page and Lola Kane 
and Ken Thompson. Goux ' is loca- 
tion man and Burke, scenario 
writer. Garcia, of tlie local Fox 
office, has been handling publicity 
for this' unit. Unit, comprising 36 
people, next week sails back to Los 
Angeles. 



New Cuban .Chain 

The "Circuito Teatro Clnemato- 
grafloo" has been organized : with 
Cuban capital by George R. Nay- 
lor, manager of . the local Medal 
Film Co., representing Pathe in 
Cuba. Anlbol Ramos heads the 
concern. 

Contracts have been signed for 
the lea.se of the Prado, located on 
the main thoroughfare of Havana 
and directly across from the Fausto 
(Saenger). RCA Photophono will be 
Installed. House closes June 3 to 
reopen the end of this month. 



Talkers Jump Biz 



. London, June 4. 
Show business last week touched 
a new low with all of the' cinemas 
showing talking pictures doing 
splendidly; those with . silent {l]fns 
did poorly. . . 

Astoria, combination house doing 
$3,600 to $4,000 weekly with silent 
pictures and three stage acts, did 
over $10,000 Ijist week with "The 
Singing Fool." 

This picture had previously been 
shown in several first runs^ln and 



around 'West End. 




EDGAR BERGEN 

of the ..Genius Ventriloquist 

Will close . his season the last ot 
June. 

Previous to' re-entering vaudeville 
Mr, Bergen .spent four months on 
the "West Coast writing originals 
and is now finishing ' two comedy, 
sketches suitable for talking shorts. 

Open for representation - for 
talkies, radio, and productions. 

Address n; V. A., 229 -West 46th 
street. New York. 



.An,Jny^£tsaUan^lsJieIng jmade t^ 
try and learn what out.'.'ide*ln?Iu- 
ence caused the fracas. 

For no apparent reason other 
than possibly the whim of some 
French producer. Congressman 
Gerard told his fellow congressmen 
that something must be done to 
stop the onslaught of American 
talking films. To date there is only 
ono American talking picture and 
about six wired bouses in the whole 

of FrJince. 

.M . . . ' •• i: '■ t. • .-SI 



hter. ExhiW Congress 
Now Underway in Paris 

Paris, June 4, 
International Exhibitors' Congress 
opened last -night (Tuesday) with 
German delegates predominating. 
A large number of British dele- 
gates were present, F^Iller and 
Cooper leading. 

An atmosphere of cordiality pre- 
vailed. Brezillon,, president of 
French £xhibltors Syndicate was 
appointed president of the Interna- 
tional Federation. 

Important discussions are sched- 
uled for today and oflflcial recep- 
tloh at Borbonne Is to be brilliant. 
Brussels was proposed at yester- 
day's meeting for next year's con- 
clave. 

"Broadway Melody" was privately 
shown to the delegates this morn- 
ing and Metro gave a gala per- 
formance last night. 

Hes'vy rains have put no damper 
on Congress. 



WAZM&irS BESEABCH 

'■ ■ A, P. Wazman has fonnS '. 
that the dallies give only Bec» 
ond p)ay tft any 'Warner mer> ' 
ger yiim nowadays, while this' 
ietnhouhcement of a serial on ai 
single picture rates a front 
page streamer. 



British Fdm FvM 



(Continued from page 2) 

talker to go out from this Oau- 
mqnt subsidiary. 

.. . Notes and Such. 

StoU's Klngsway house goes talker 
this 27th, putting on "Weary River" 
and a Menjou silent. . . 

Same day ''Qlvine Lady'*, replaced 
"Noah's Ark" at Piccadilly. Lattef- 
has not been a great success. 

Plaza takes out "Close Harmony*' 
ne\t week and puts in "The Dufni- 
my," dialog, and Jannings' -"Be- 
trayal," silent. 

" Bulldog Drummond " follows 
"Show Boat" Into Tlvoll when lattef 
comes oft, which Is hot yet settled. 
Show Boat" Is doing Increasing 
business, four a day and capacity 
at most of them. 



4 Systems In 

Gaumont installing Traveltone 
system at Regent, Stamford Hill, 
P. C. T. house. Gaumont-Brtti^t- 
P. C. T. circuit now has houses 
wired with four systems; 'Westofn 
Electric, Klangfllm, British Acous- 
tics (company's' own system), an^ 
Traveltone. Latter takes both fllm» 
edge and disc and conies at arouhd 
$8,7Sq, outright sale. 

Goihs Heine 

Garnett Weston, scenarist from 
Hollywood, Is quitting British In>- 
ternatlonal and going back to L, A. 



At Kit Kat, Paris 

Paris, June 4. 
DIvIna and Charles and Ord 
Hamilton are at the Kit Kat Club 
here. • 

Ord Hamilton appears with the 
Don Parker orchestra. 



Miss Bannerman's Talker 

London, June 4. 

Margaret Bannerman will make 
her debut in a talker shortly as the 
sUr of "The Second Mrs. Tan- 
queray." 

British Pilmcraft is producing. 



Thorpe's Mission 

John Thorpe, studio head of Brit- 
ish International, sailed for New 
York this 22d "to look over the 
Ulker situaUon." Whisper la B. I. 
Is after another recording system 
for the Elstree Studios on account 
of R. C. A. Photophone being too 
dictatorial over Its wiring. 

B. I. executives deny this, but 
story still persists strongly as In- 
side tip-oft on why Thorpe has gone 
to N. T. 



Argentina's Ballet 

Parlsi June 4. 

Madame Argentina, dancer, is 
appearing In a series of Spanish 
ballets at the Opera Comique. 

Fernandez Arbos, who conducted 
the premiere, has returned to Ma- 
drid. George lAuweryns Is now 
conducting. 



Ponthieu Closes 

Paris, June 4. 
The new little Ponthieu the- 
atre, adjoining the Claridge ho- 
tel, has closed after a week. The 
management announced the closing 
as temporary, owing tOiOn accident 




LONDON'SDONIS 



No Prince of Wales StuQ 
— All pfticifils Wives 
iOO Per Cent 



GEORGE HILL 



■With ' Tho FlylnK FIcot," drama oE naval avl.atlon, being a sensational 
success, George Hill, who directed it for Metro-Goldwyn-Maycr will next 
make for them "The Hugle Sounds," Major Zlnovi Peclihoff's' drama of 
the French ForolKn Legion. Hill has already been in Africa and nimed 
the Legion In aolion in a holy war. Lon Chaney stars in this picture 

Hill, who was a ciptalh In the United States Army, served In France 
and Italy. He ia cspeckiUy famous for milit.u-y spectacles such as "The 
Cossacks" nnd "Toll It to the Morlne.i." ills arniy training has served 
hint In good stead In the handling of diincult production problems so 
that production costs can bo kept at a minimum, 

- .■ .-1 > V:, -1 ; 1 ■;„ )),.-. , ;. : 



Ijondon, May 24. 
Report for 1928 ot the BrltisK 
Board of Film Censors, of wliict^ 
T. P. O'Connor, the Father of tha 
Honso ' of Commons, Is preBldent,^ 
shows 1,947 films of 6,676,178 feet) 
were examined. 

Only eight got the absolute k. o. 
Further, 81 are . subject to amend-^ 
ments to cover censors', objections. 
Of the rest, 1,678 are passed for 
general exhibition (U certificates) 
and 330 for adult exhibition (A ceri 
tiflcate). These numbers and foot'^ 
ages cover shorts as well as fea« 
tures. 

Ebtceptlon was taken in'all to 345 
films, 805 of which were subse- 
quently passed after catting and re> 
titling. 

No. method exists ot dissecting 
the proportion of American films 
from any ot these totals, as separ- 
ate records are not kept. 

Among the reasons for cutting or 
rejecting are: 

References to Prince ot "Wales. 

Reflection on 'wife of British of'* 
flclal stationed In the Far East. 

Police firing on unarmed popu- 
lace. 

Persecution of ex-convlcts by po- 
lice. 

Unseemly display of female un* 
derwear. 
Collusive divorce. 
Companionate marriage. 
Abortion, 

Lascivious embraces. 
Women in alluring and provoca- 
tive attitudes. 
Vamping. 

Men and women In bed^-tbgether. 
Suggestive captions. 
Bullfights. 
Procuration. 

Incidents Intended clearly to shoir 
an outrage has been committed. 

Girts* clothes pulled off. 
Censerina Talkers 

On talkers the report gives a slant 
worth noting. "When acting is 
synchronized with dialog or music, 
to delete even a foot upsets the con- 
tinuity ot the 'Whole reel. There 
have been Instances where this has 
occured, with the result that it has 
been necessary to suppress the 
sound version and Issue the silent 
edition." 

Where sound and silent versions 
of films are made both are not 
passed on one certificate, but are 
viewed as separate films and a cer- 
tificate issued for each. If passed. 

The board "regrets to find that 
there has, during the past year, 
been a marked revival ot lllma 
dealing with crime In a way which 
Is considered detrimental to pub- 
lic Interest," and lists Its principles 
for producers as follows? 

No serial dealing with crime will 
be examined except as a whole. 

No film In which crime is the 
predominant factor and not merely 
an episode In the story will receive 
a certificate. 

No film will be passed in which 
the methods of crime are shown or 
illustrated. 

No crime film will be passed, 
even In cases where, nt the end. of 
the film retribution is supposed, to 
have fallen on the. criminal, or 
where actual crime is treated &-om 
the comic point ot view. 

This seems as if It ought to rule 
out most slapstick, but in practice 
it doesn't. Nor does It stop "Dick 
Turpin" and "Sexton Blake" stuff 
being made here and passed. 



French Radio m Talkers 



Paris, June 4. 
Radio, French wireless concern 
formerly restricted to commercial 
telegraphing. Is reported going Into 
the talking gilcture production flfld 

Jiecgi:,, 

An announcement as to"ar"srar!t-"" 
Ing schedule Is expected shortly. 



PATHE TAX^TOBIS' 

Paris, June 4; 

Pathe and Tobis have reached an 
agi-eement whereby .Pathe will us^ 
the Tobis system. 

Details stiir remain to be deci.Ifd 
upon. 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



P I C t U R E S 



VARIETY 



DOUBT SILENT FILM FUTURE 



Over 206 Talent People Under jCQAST EXCHANGE 
Optional Contracts to Fox; 1 g[[ mQ |||]p[ 
Majority From Broadway 



Iios Angeles, June 4. 
The latest offlclal list of contract 
people now at the Fox studios show 
a total'of 206, all on optional con- 
; tracts ranelnB from three months to 
' five years. Bulk of the list com- 
• prises Broadway talent Imported 
here during the past year for talk- 

''iho list' Is one of the largest at 
present among the film producers 
' on the coast In the division of oc- 
cupations shows 6 production ex- 
ecutives and supervisors, 8 execu- 
tives, 66 players, 18 dancers, 22 dl- 
.. rectors, 16 stage directors, 26 writ- 
ers, 18 music writers, 2 casting di- 
rectors, 2 publicity directors, 1 
fashion creator, 1 director of tests, 
22 sound technicians and 2 cutters 
under contract. 

Executives now secured, by con- 
tracts are: W. K. Sheehan, Sol M. 
Wurtzel, B. W. Butcher, H. Keith 
Weeks, Alfred Wright, William 
Crawford, G. 1>. Bagnell and Harold 
. B. Lilpsitz. 

Production executives and super- 
visors comprising a production cab- 
inet Includes George Middleton, 
Chandler Sprague, Malcolm S. Boy- 
lah, J. K. McGulnness, Jclt Lazarus 
and Phillip. Klein. 

Contract players: John McCor- 
mick, Warner Baxter, Charles Par- 
rell, George Jessel, Edmund . Lowe, 
Victor McLaglen, Paul Muni, J. 
Harold Murray, Will Rogers, Janet 
Gaynor, Louise Dresser, Mary Dun- 
can, Lois Moran, Norma Terris, 
Lenore Ulrio, Frank Albertson, 
Rex Bell, John Breeden, El Bren^ 
del, Bobbie Bums, Walter Carlett, 
Owen Davis, Jr., Clifford Dempsey, 
Charles Eaton, Stepln Fetchit, 
Gavin Gordon, Warren Hymer, 
Richard Keene, Farrell Macdonald, 
George MacFarlane, Kenneth Mc- 
Kenno, Charles Morton, Barry Nor- 
ton, George O'Brien, Paul Page, 
Lennox Fawle, David Percy; Frank 
Richardson, David Rollins, Juan 
Sedillo, Hugh Sinclair, Nick Stuart. 
Joe Wagstaft, Dorothy Burgess, Sue 
Carol, Helen Chandler, Marguerite 
Churchill, June Collyer, Sylvia 
Fields, Charlotte Henry, Lola Lane, 
Dixie Lee, Sharon Lynn, Delia 
Magana, Guadalupe Tovar, Helen 
Twelvetrees and Marjorle White. 

Dancers under contract: Jack 
Wade, Muriel Gardner, Darlene Ad- 
dison, Raymonds Brown, Adele 
Cutler, Dorothy Darling, Charlotte 
Hageler, Kathryn Hankin, Wilma 
Wraiy Hennefer, Billle Kittredge, 
Mildred Laube, Paula Langlen, Ma- 
rlska MedgyscI, Emily Renardi 
Bobby Renee, Bernice Snell, Lucille 
Hodgman and Peggy Malloy. 
Directors 
Directors: Russell Birdwell, J. G 
Blystone, Frank Borzage, David 
Butler, Raymond Cannon, Irving 
Cummings, Allan Dwan, A. F. 
Erlckson, John Ford, Kenneth 
Hawks, Wm. K. Howard, Charles 
Klein, Alfred Santell, ■ Lou Seller, 
Marcel Silver, Paul Sloane, Benja- 
min Stolloff, Norman Taurog, James 
Tlnllng, R. A. Walsh, Alfred Werker 
and Berthold Vlertel. 

Stage directors assigned to team 
with picture directors are: William 
Collier, Sr., Melville Biirke, Seymour 
Felix, Donald Galalier, Caippbell 
Gullan, Lumsden Hare, Hamilton 
McFadden, Guthrie McCllntIc, 
Frank Merlin, Lester. Lonergan, Ed- 
ward Royce, Clark Silvernail, Ber- 
nard Steele, A. H. Van Buren and 
John Wlllard. 

Screen writers: Zoe Akins, Tom 
. Barry, J, H. Booth, Fred H. Bren- 
. nan, George Brooks, Edwin Burke, 
Dana Burnet, Owen Davis, Sr., 
Douglas Doty, Gilbert Emory, Cyril 
^;^ume,, -Llewellyji- JliigllM. -WllUQ.m. 
Kernel!, Clare Kummer, S. K. Lau- 
ren, Elliott Lester, Seton I. Miller, 
Brian Marlow, Marlon Orth, Dud- 
ley Nichols, Harlan Thompson, 
Tristram Tupper, Walter Weems, 
"Wm. K. Ellis and Jone Stone. 
Music Writers 
Music writers: De Sylva, Brown 
and Henderson, Arthur Kay, George 
LIpschultz, Dave Stamper, Conrad 
Gotllcr and Mif.i3**ll, 1* W, Gt»«rt, 



Electric's Installments 



With the vast majority of 
their 2,000 exhibitors in this 
country- and over 300 owners 
abroad making monthly pay- 
ments on ten year periods for 
talker equipment, Western 
Electric has decided that the 
bookkeeping burden is too 
great a one for its Electrical 
Research Products. 
Accordingly, a separate cor- 
poration la •being formed which 
will handle the credit phase of 
Western's talker business. 



Tublix Opinion' Announces Special 
Paramount-Publix "Variety" 

A special number of Variety for Paramount-Publix is announced 
OS below. In "Publlx Opinion," the confidential weekly house organ 
of Publlx Theatres. 

As this announcement, appeared in and is addressed to the organ- 
izations it represents, the error should not be committed by Variety- 
readers of accepting the invitation to forward ideas or material for 
news or stories as addressed to them. That is confined to the Para- 
mount and Publlx staffs only. 

The reproduction is here printed by permission, m the first in- 
stance of the organization or Individual Variety has gotten out a 
special number for making the . initial announcement of .lt. Ar- 
rangements were completed for the Paramount-Publix issue o£ 
Variety some weeks ago. It Is expected to be printed early in 
August, next. 

• From "Publix Opinion" 

1 25 MILES FOR SOUNdII Paramount-Publix **Variety" Issue Soon 



Small Cal. Ezhibs' Crying 
Based on Fact — Deliver- 
ing Silent Printo CCD. — 
Too Much N.S.F. Paper — 
Opens Field for BfMtleg 
Wire— One Hotise $63 
Two Nights ^ 



in 



W. CTheaires Adyised 
''Cease and Desist'' in Error 



A statement was Issued yesterday 
In New York by Harold B. Frank- 
lin, president of Fox West Coast 
Theatres, referring to the "cease 
and desist" order issued last week 
by the Federal Trade Commission 
against various theatre and picture 
concerns on the Pacific Coast, but 
principally West Coast: 

That proceeding had dragged 
for a long time, with its inception 
some while before William Fox 
bought West Coast, and previous to 
Franklin assuming its operation. 
The statement reads: 

The Federal Trade Commis- 
sion's complaint was filed in 
May, 1925, concerning alleged 
unfair methods of competition 
that necessarily occurred prior 
to that date. 

Since that time many changes 
have taken place in the person- 
nel of the company's directing 
officers with the result that the 
present mfinagement is entirely 
unfamiliar with the matters 
complained of. 

However, it is only fair to the 
former officers of West Coast 
Theatres to point out that coun- 
sel have advised that in their 
opinion the order of the Fed' 
eral Trade Commission is erron' 
ecus and in all probability would 
be reversed, if it should be 
deemed advisable to appeal 
therefrom. 



Bennett Directing East. 

Spencer Bennett, Pathe ace serial 
director, has left the coast and will 
direct "Oh the Stairs," at the Pathe 
New York studios. 



SarnofF on Water 

David Sarnoff is on the "Levla 
than" salllnB June 2 from Cher 
bourg. , 



Abel Baer, Walter Donaldson, Ed- 
gar Leslie, Frank Tresselt, Dennis 
Murray, A. H. Malotte, I* E. Behy^ 
mer and Dorsi 'Silver. 

Casting director is Jack Gardner, 
with Elinor O'Reily assisting. Pub- 
licity director, Victor M, Shapiro, 
with Joseph' Shea assisting. Fashion 
creator, Cophie Wachner, with 
James Ryan in charge of tests, 

Studio technicians: William Darl- 
ing, C. W. Faulkner, Ralph Ham- 
meros, Harry Oliver, Jack Schulze, 
Fred Serson and Louis Wltte. 
Sound technicians under contract 
are: Joseph B. Aiken, Alfred C. | 
Bruzlin, James R. Balsloy, Ambrose 
Ballan, John R. Dunn, W. D.. Flick, 
R. T. Ervln, Bernard Fredericks, 
Walter^ Calljihan, Edmund H. H an- 
seiiT Eugene~F."Cr^ssman, J," B."| 
Kroger, W. W. Lindsay, Jr., Chester 
W. Larson, George W. Leverett, W. 
C. Lent, Prank B. MoKenzIe, Albert 
B. Protzman, Franklin W. Pierce, 
George- Schnelderman, A- L. Van 
Klrbach and S. A. Walto, 

The cutting department, with 
more than 16 fllni cutters employed, 
have but two under contract, R. W, 
Blscholt and Barney Wolf. 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Coast exchange men along the 
local film row arei frank In saying 
that the expectation that the silent 
film market would continue for a 
long time in the small town houses 
has not been realized. On the con- 
trary, their opinion is that it Is dy^ 
Ing fast. 

After less than a year of general 
distribution of talking pictures, the 
small exhibitor who has not yet 
wired his house out here Is slowly 
but surely starving. Many exhlbs 
are already reported as about ready 
to give up the ghost, and the rest 
are just staggering along, hoping 
for a break. 

Delivering C. O. D. 
Situation has reached that point 
where many of these small house 
exhibitors can only secure films C. 
O. D., exchanges refusing to accept 
checks because of too much of this 
paper coming back "N.S.F." as a re- 
sult of poor business. Condition 
has also been the chief bonanza for 
the bootleg sound equipment manu- 
facturers. Every small house owner 
who can beg or borrow the price of 
any sound device Is flllhg his appli- 
cation for installatl«n. It doesn't 
particularly matter what, so long as 
he can make his screen talk. 

Crisis Is particularly acute for 
the small houses situated within 26 
miles of a wired theatre, especially 
the big film palaces. Within this 
radius, the small exhibitor hasn't a 
chance because everybody appears 
to be willing to Uke the 26-mile 
drive to see and hear. This also 
affects the small third or fourth run 
house which Is wired. At the pres- 
ent time all these theatres can get 
are pictures with bootleg synchron 
izatlon or the earlier talking pic 
tures. 

$63 on Two Nights 

A notable example of the small, 
unwired house Is. that of one exhib- 
itor in Chlno, within a 26-mlle ra- 
dius of Pomona, Riverside, and San 
Bernardino. When projecting the 
silent version of a picture starring 
one of the most popular girl players 
of the.. day, the film Itself was one 
of her recent best, this house showed 
a total of $63 on two nights, one- 
fourth the usual intake for this 
star's pictures. 



One Word Extra 



In the filming of "Half Mar- 
riage," RKO, the director tried 
for days to find a person who 
could say "hemstitching" with- 
out sputtering all over the 
■mike." 

Leonard Simmons, extra, has 
been engaged for the one word. 



' As a means of ofllclally disseminating information to the en- 
tire industry, and through the industry, to the public, arrange- 
ments have been completed by Mr. Zukor, Mr. Katz, Mr. Lasky, 
Mr. Kent and Mr. Dembow, for a special Paramount-Publix 
number of "VARIETT," the "bible" of show^business. 

Preparation of material fbr this numbed of "Variety" la en- 
trusted to A. M. Botsford, and Russell Holman, who, by direc- 
tion of Mr. Katz and Mr. Kent, will obta.ln the cooperation of 
every one in the Home Office and In the Field .for bo.th organi- 
zations. ' . 

The conipletQ story of Paramount and Publlx will be told li) 
the nature of a .celebration of Pardmount's 20th Anniversary, 
and Publlx fifth birthday. 

Anyone who has. Ideas, or material for news, feature stories, 
or institutional copy suitable for this Issue, is expected' to for- 
ward it Immediately to Mr. Botsford or Mr. Holman. 

••Variety" wlil print 21,000 extra copies In addition to Its usual 
huge circulation, which will be sent to all Of the Paramount and 
Publlx contacts throughout the world. These will be preceded . 
by a special letter, calling attention to the number. In addition. 
"Variety" will send a letter to all theatre managers, newspaper 
publishers, editors, managing editors, and dramatic critics, radio 
station directors, etc., calling attention in advance, to the- num- 
ber, and informing them' that the special edition will contain 
Information and statistics of 'vital importance which wJU be pC 
continuous valuable usd to them in the futxire, as well as furnish- 
ing current buthoMtatlve Information on the theatrical business. 

Naturally, this special Issue; mtist ' contain extra' advertising. 
In addition to special Institutional pages paid for by Publlx, and'- ' 
b^ Paramount, many persons and firms' not directly connected 
with the company, will want, to be represented In order to ad- 
'vertlse their part in- helping to build leadership in this 'Industry; ' 
By virtue of high-standard merchandise or service sold to Para- 
mount or Publlx, such firms or trarsons' are responsible In a ' 
measure for our success 'and high standing and, of coiirse, .are 
therefore entitled to the; privilege of publicly associating them- ' 
selves with us In- this Issue. Tou are urgently requested to get 
up a list of such persons and firms, forward It to the Home . 
Office, and to co-operate In every other way- possible. 



Sennett Drops Silents 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Mack Sennett has definitely aban- 
doned silent pictured. J. A. Waldron, 
general manager for Sennett, states 
there is no provision' now on the 
production schedule tor any straight 
silents! 

Waldron's statement lends added 
confirmation to the report emanat- 
ing from all parts of the Industry 
that the bottom is dropping out of ] 
the silent marketr- 



N. Y. to L. A. 

Charles Christie. 
Richard Barthelmess. 
Marilyn Miller. 
Corlnne Griffith. 
Lenore Ulrlc. 
Lennox Pawle. 
Margie 'White. 
J. M. Kerrigan. 
Bernard Steele. 
John Wlllard. 
Will Rogers. 
Mahonrl Toung. 
Dorothy Lee. 
William LeBaron. 
Leo Carillo. 
Irving Aaronson. 
James Seymour. 
Lee Tracy. 
Agatha Phillips. 
Walter Woolf 
Billy Grady 
Dorothy Lee 

Mr. and Mra George Jessel 

Walter Morosco 

Antonio Moreno 

Karl Kitchen 

Joe Schenck. 

Arch Selwyn. 

Ralph S. Wilshln. 

J. Charles Davis. 

Dorothy Lee. 

Jack Yellen. 

Milton Age. 

Lillian Roth. 

Maurice Chevalier. 

Jeanette MacDonald. 

Fannie Brlce. 

Billy Rose. 

Irving Grossman. 

Bobby W&tson 



bUil DiiXOG fiOLE 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Russell J. Birdwell, director, and 
I Alan Birminghani, actor, are doing 
a dual role sequence wherein Bir 
mlngham fights, talks and ties him' 
I self up with rope. 

Actor is pla.ying the hero and 
lbea'77 in "Masquerade," Fox. 



Indie Stndio Has Fonr 
Different Eipiipments 



Los Angeles, Juno 4, 
Independent studio with multlpl* 
recording installation is here— 
Tec-Art has four manufacturers 
represented. 

After June 10 producers will hava 
the choice of RCA Photophone^ 
Qualltone, Vitavox and Disney Cln- 
ephone. All but the first named 
are already installed. Each will 
have its own recording and pro- 
jection rooms. 

There will be two channels for 
Photophone, equipment for the first 
now being placed. Second Is due 
before July 1. Studio has two sound 
stages, and third is under conver- 
sion. Monitor rooms for two ars 
finished. 



Jack Barry in Hospital 

Atlanta, June '4. 

Jack Barry, Paramount's schools 
master of showmanship, lost his ap» 
pendix. here last weiek at the St. 
Joseph's Hospital. 

Barry came to town on business. 
The old trouble started all over. HS 
was too far away from the freezing 
plants, so the local medicos rusheC 
him to a private room and used tbs 
knife. 

Nicely recovering. 



L. A.to N. Y. 

J. J. Murdock. 
^^1 -Christie.- - — ; — 

Jack Buchanan. 

Homer Curran. 

Rebecca Uhr. 
, Robert Carlisle; 

Roy Hunter 

Mary Lewis 

John V. A; Weaver. 

Edwin Carcwe. 

John Leroy Johnstoni , 

Spencer Bennett 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday,, June 6, 1929 



Davey Lee Got Clu $52,000; Hot Wk.; 
Barrymore's love" One Wk. and Out 



Chicatfo, Juni) 4. 
Weather: Hot 

Sudden slego of heat after a Ions, 
cold spring caught plenty of the- 
atres unprepared. Grosises with few 
exceptions registered drops. 

Best of the week was $60,000 at 
the Chicago, achieved without aid 
from the picture by Davey Lee in 
l>erson. The kid star was lessened 
considerably In b. o. by the heat, 
with the house cooling system not 
yet in order. Decoration Day mid- 
week, perfect outdoor weather, wit- 
nessed no holdouts anywhere. 

Oriental dropped $5,000 with "Be- 
trayal," Jannings film, tallying $36,- 
000. Part of this Is regular business 
drawn by Al Kvale, m. c. "Thru 
Different Eyes" started a run at 
the Roosevelt to Just a moderate 
$18,000 and favorable notices. "Des- 
ert Song," 2d week, slid $8,000 to 
$32,000 at McVlckers. Trend of re- 
views and comment excellent. 

"Eternal Love" was a quiet one- 
week entrant at United Artists, but 
picture rated weak; $20,000. 

"Speakeasy" In Its second Loop 
showing moderate at $4,600 at the 
Monroe. Had previous good week 
at the Oriental. "Prom Headquar- 
ters" brought $8,100 at tho Orpheum, 
pretty good. State-Lake was around 
$20,000 With "Scandal,!* u talker. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Chicago (Publix) "The Man I 
l.ove" (Ps-r) and Davey Lc« (4,400; 
SO-76). Juvenile star responsible for 
high $62,000 In poor week; cooling 
system not working and weather 
boiling. Picture not so forte. 

MeVickera (Publix) "Desert Song" 
CWB) (1,866; 60-76). 2d week, $32,- 
000; opened big at $40,000 and highly 
praised. 

(Monroe (Pox) "Speakeasy" (Pox) 
(1,000; 60-76). 2d run In Loop, 14,- 
600, medium; good week month ago 
at Oriental. 

Oriental (Publix) "Betrayal" si- 
lent (Par) and "HI HaU," Publix 
unit (3,600; 60-76). Picture not ap- 
propriate for this flap and jelly 
stand, one of those Bmil Jannings 
thesptan orgies; reviews good; $36,- 
000 on week, $6,000 under previous 
week. 

Orpheum (WB) "From Headquar- 
ters ' (WB) (760; 60). Monte Blue 
In formula script, medium at $8,- 
100. 

Roosevelt (Publix) "Thru Dif- 
ferent Eyes" (Pox) (1,600; 50-76). 
Weather tough break for run open- 
ing; not strong at $18,000 but pic- 
ture liked. 

8Ute-Lake (R-K-O) "Scandal" 
dialog (U) and vaude (2,700; 60-75). 
U starring Laura La Plante, holding 
nicely considering weather at $20,- 
OOO. 

United Artists (UA) "Eternal 
Love" sound (UA) (1.700; 60-76). 
Mild entrant at $20,000; Barrymor* 
praised but story not liked; out. 



Montreal Faded Out 
When Heat Hit 90's 



Montreal, June 4. 
(Drawing Papulation, 600,000) 
Weather: Hot 

Temperatures rising into the 90's, 
baseball and outdoor sports and a 
so-called big light with. Tom 
Heeney featured, pretty nearly 
killed pictures,, and grosses faded 
Into one of the worst totals this 
year. 

Third week of "Singing Pool" fiz- 
zle at the Palace. Lucky to get $14,- . 
000. This gives a total for the three 
weeks of around $76,000, good, but 
not quite what was expected on the 
first week's returns. 

Neighborhoods' entirely out of 
luck, due to the excessive hot spell. 
Easily the worst week of year both 
tor this and a number of years back. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Palace (PP) (2,700; 40-66) "Sing- 
ing Pool'*. (.Warner) (3d week). 
Good total gross for run with only 
$14,000 at best last week.' 

Capitol (FP) (2,700; 40-66) "Wolf 
of Wall Street" (Par). Couldn't 
stand up against holidays and hot 
spell, otherwise show was kind that 
would usually go over big; $18,000. 

Loew's (PP) (3,200; 36-60) 
"Cohens and Kellys at Atlantic 
City" (U), vaude. Pitted In nicely 
with vaude but little too long for 
mixed show. House suffered with 
rest at $12,000.. 

Imperial (Keith's) (1,900; 36-76) 
"Ware Case" (British), vaude. 
Washout; pretentious and poorly 
done. Will Fyffe carried the show. 
House did well to get $7,600, 



HOT LOW WEEK 



Keith's, Boston; With 
$11000 Bin Did $12,000 

Boston, June 4. 

Keith's Memorial, two-a-day 
vaude, did a gross of $12,000 last 
week, $1,000 more than its stage bill 
of eight acts cost the house. 

Headliners vfwfi John Charles 
Thomas at $4,600 for the week and 
Chic Sale at $3,000. 

Keith's overhead ran around $26,- 
000, leaving it in the red for about 
$16,000. The house can do $36,000 
at the scale. 

Keith's started the two-a-day 
policy about three weeks ago. Just 
as the summer commenced to get 
started. Boston Is a notorious va- 
cation town in the warm weather. 

Publix Metropolitan last week did 
$80,900, average week, and I^oew's 
State, $17,200, also average. 

Keith's other local house, Kelth- 
Albee, did $12,500 last week. 



Boston Hlt-Hard by Heat— Met Did 
^,000 

Boston, June 4. 
(Drawing Population, 850,000) 
Weather: Hot 

Picture houses here, despite all 
that could be said about refrigerator 
systems, took a hard licking last 
week with the first hot wave. One 
of the hot days was the holiday, 
making It worse. Business went to 
smash. 

Big Metropolitan with "A Dan- 
gerous Woman" tor the feature only 
got $30,900, while IjOcw's State with 
"Where Eaat Is East" did $17,200. 
Low for both houses. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Met (4,000; 60-60-76) "A Danger- 
ous Woman" (Par), $30,900. 

Loew's State (4,000; 60-60) 
'Where East ..is East" (M-G-M) 
$17,200. 

Keith-Aibee (3,000; 36-60) "Two 
Weeks Oft" (FN), $12,600. 

Keith Memorial — Two a day vaude, 
$11,700. 



Syracuse Houses Took 
Drop; **Desert Song" Best 

Syracuse, N. Y., June 4. 
(Drawing Population, 220,000) 
Weather: Hot 

Weather more in keeping 'with 
August than late May out into the 
grosses lost week. 

Strand, neither first nor second 
In draws, actually made the best 
.showing with 2d week at "Desert 
Song." getting $8,000 as against $9, 
000 first week. 

Loew's State had high with $15, 
600, playin g "The Pagan." This was 
ir60F~unBer~tire"TJrevlDUs-Bato--o( 
"Allbl." 

Keith's, vaudefllm, went down two 
grand, about $12,000. 

"Wild Party" (Par) held over at 
Eckel, proved a washout and was 
yanked Wednesday in favor of "The 
Glad Rag Doll," sound (War). 
Eckel's week^was about $5,000. 

"Father and Son." sound (Col) 
got $4,600 for the Empire, drop of 
$600 froiii the gross of "Not Quite 
Decent," sound, (Fox). 




ONE STAR AFTER ANOTHER 

That'a a good descrlpitlon of JOE 
MOSS AND HIS MEYER DAVIS 
ORCHESTRA, the featured attrac- 
tion playing nightly on the ASTOR 
HOTEL ROOF GARDISN. 

It's popularity extending from Bar 
Harbor to Palm Beach and Miami 
insures this famous Meyer Davis 
Orchestra a substantial following 
wherever It appears. 



Portland's Mayor Objects 
To Publicity Stunts 

Portland; Ore,, June 4. 

Two weeks' notice given the Port- 
land's (Puhllx) orchestra, and house 
has' tightened on all exploitation ex- 
pense, . Result Is scramble for free 
publicity among all houses. 

Fox- Broadway clashed with city 
council over, horns' broadcasting In 
street, '^hlch made P.ubliz-Portland 
demand right to set up steam siren 
on its marquee. 

Policy of one sheets in vacant 
store windows and sidewalk sniping 
has become regular order. City has 
special ordinance against promiscu- 
ous publicity stunts. 

Estimate* for Last Week 

Portland (Publix) (3,600; 26 to 60) 
— "Gentlemen of the press" (Par). 
Sound shorts; $9,900. 

Broadway (Fox) (2,000; 36 to 60) 
— ''The Divine Lady," silent film 
drama, blstortcal romance. Regis- 
tered well. F. & M.'B "Sweethearts'' 
Idea on stage; $12,000. 

United Artists (Parker-Fox) 
(1,200; 36 to 60)— "Allbl." Okay. 
Good for short run; $10,000. 

Musle Bex (Hororlck) (2,000; 60 
all day). Second week of "Desert 
Song," musical film. Doing big; 
$11,000. 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (1,200; 26 
to 60) — ^"From Headquarters" (WB). 
Good program picture. Okay at 
$4,000. 

Oriental (Telbetts) (2,700; 26 to 
36)— "Slmba." Did well. 

Pantages (Pan) (2,000; 86 to 60)— 
"Blockade" (FBO). Five acts vaude. 
$9,000. 

Note — "Innocents of Paris" at 
Portland last week did $14,600, not 
$4,600, quoted in error. 



Toronto s Sflent Hip Best and Hot 
Against Hot Sound Opposish 



HGnn. Up Against It Sev(HraI Ways; 
Top of $20,000 Low-Red for Hennepin 



Minneapolis, June 4. 
(Drawing Population, GOO^OOO) 
Weather: Warm 

Grosses continued to dwindle. Dog 
days In these parts always are 
somewhat tough for the amusement 
palaces. 

With wheat prices tobogganing, 
the populace of this agricultural 
section fears ensuing hard times, 
and is loath to spend as freely as 
usual. General trade depression al- 
ready under way. 

Then there is that theatrically 
adverse factor always present at 
this season of the year — the lure of 
the outdoors. When you consider 
that winters In this neck of the 
woods are so long and severe you 
can't blame the . folks for wanting 
to be swallowing as . much ozone as 
possible during the few months 
conducive to' open air. . 

Minneapolis probably lias more 
auto owners pro rata than any other 
city in the United States. It also 
boasts of lakes, parks and resorts 
galore and golf links by the whole- 
sale. Boulevards, drives and roads 
make this a motorists' paradise. 
When the mercury, soars in. July 
•and"-Augustr.~howi!V£r,— coDllng.^ygr 
terns at .tho showhouses are magnets' 
and trade usOally perks up once 
more. 

Minnesota and Hennepin, latter In 
Its third week of Keith's two-a-day 
policy, provided whales of shows 
last week, but the box office re 
eponses in both cases were anything 
but forte. 

Managers prayed for rain Decora, 
tlon Day, and got sunshine. The 
pleasant weather probably knocked 



the theatres out of more than $10,- 
000 on the Memorial holiday. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Minnesota (P. & R.-Publix) 
(4,200; 76)— "The Man I Love" (Par) 
and "Southern Belles," Publix unit 
stage show. An outstanding Min- 
nesota male screen star, Richard 
Arlen, for some strange reason Is 
no box office card here. Arlen proves 
a luminary for the talkers, with sur. 
prising acting ability. Highly pleas 
Ing picture, but seemingly not 
hea'vywelght enough for house, 
which requires exceptional attrac- 
tions for real heavy play. Publix 
stage show one of the best here. 
Popularity of Gene Sheldon, new 
m. c. on increase. $20,000. One of 
worst weeks in some time and bad. 

State (P. & R.-Publlx) (2,300; 60)- 
— "Desert Song" CWarners). Last 
week. Mode best showing, com- 
parativelyi of any house In town 
Picture great draw. About $13,000, 
ai'ound $32,000 for fortnight. 

Hennepin (Keith's) (2,890; 60-60 
76)— "Duke Steps Out" (M-G-M) 
and vaude. A show for 76c and yet 
they wouldn't . buy. Results last 
week discouraging. $14,200. Big 
gest gross yet during the three 
weeks of two-a-day, but insufficient 
^d. stllljeaves house In red. 

LyHic (p; &'^:^WxTii:Jinrr3Er 

— "No Defense" (Warners). Picture 
pleasing enough, but no box office 
strength. Monte Blue and May Mc 
Avoy mean little here. $3,600. Bad 
Pantages (Pantages) ,(1,600; 25 
50)— "Scandal" (U) -vaude. Nothing 
on stage or screen to draw, although 
picture, pleasing in quality, ex- 
ploited from angle Cf having' John 
Boles of "Desert Song" in cast 
$5,000. BadL, 



Silent ''East Is Easf 
Little Wet in Pittshnrgh 



Pittsburgh, June 4. 
Earliest and severest heat spell 
In years was b. o. poison last week. 
Biz way oft first three days, but 
picked up Decoration Day and sidled 
along in fair fashion through week- 
end. 

Houses spending plenty advertis- 
ing cooling systems, but fans pre- 
sumably would rather stick to the 
radio, iced tea, shirt pleeves and 
easy rocker. Stem's leading sites 
stuck In an extra show for the holi- 
day and biz was better than ex- 
pected, despite a day that had all 
the ear-marks of slzzler. 

Town's two holdovers, "Desert 
Song," at Grand, and "Coquette," at 
Aldlne, took tumbles, the latter.go- 
ing out after a fortnight of ordi- 
nary takings. "Coquette" got around 
$14,000 In final week, while "Desert 
Song" claimed about the same. 

Penn, with "Where East Is ESast" 
and Wesley Eddy's second stage 
show, tumbled several grand to 
around $32,800, but still maintain- 
ing site as town's ace house. Stan- 
ley, with "Two Weeks OfT' and a 
nice stage show, kept on Its down- 
ward path, hardly bettering $27,000. 
They've tried everything at this 
house but don't seem to be able to 
get Into the money. Stanley chain 
had plenty of grief when opening 
this deluxer, and heritage seems to 
have passed on to the Warner 
bunch. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 26-86- 
60-,76)— "Where East Is East," sil- 
ent (M-G), and Wesley Eddy, m. c, 
in Publix unit, "Bright Lights," gave 
house $32,800. Considerable drop 
over previous week but expected 
because of heat. Figure is plenty 
here, and that's what counts. 
Chaney not draw card used to be. 
House played up Lupe Velez and 
her personal appearance not so long 
ago; happy thought. 

Stanley (Stanley-WB) (3,600; 26- 
36-60) — Mackalll-Mulhall "Two 
Weeks Oft" (FN), and Charlie Mel- 
son's summery stage show, "Yacht- 
ing Party," should have been better 
than $27,000. Nobody around here 
able to figure this house out. A 
Jonah since it opened. Tearing 
their hair trying to find a way to 
put it over. Melson's third week 
here. Supposed to leave for St. 
Louis In another fortnight but may 
stick at least through summer. 
Fans like him. 

Aldine (Loe'w's) (1,900; 26-35-60) 
— "Coquette" (UA). Second and last 
week went out to about $14,000, Biz 
for short engagement never came 
up to expectations, hea'vy advance 
and Plckford name to the contrary. 
After that sensational six -week run 
of "Broadway Melody" here to a 
total gross approaching $120,000, 
everything else looks tame in com- 
parison, House okay at above fig- 
ure as overhead Is light. 

Grand (Stanley-WB) (2,000; 60- 
76)— "Desert Song" (WB) ambled 
along in 2d week to $14,000 and 
holds over. House all set for "Noah's 
Ark" last Saturday but decided to 
allow "Song" to go about Its un- 
eventful way for another week. 

Enright (Stanley-WB) (8,700; 25- 
36-40-60). Biggest house In East 
Liberty and losing plenty. "Satur- 
day's Children" (PN) bettered aver- 
age but not enough to denote real 
difference. 



Good Weather in St. L.; 
World's Hottest Town 

St. Louis, June 4. 
(Drawing Population, 1,000,000) 

Weather: Fair 
Business good, last week, due to 
excellent weather and despite ordi 
nary attractions,. None of the houses 
had anything outstanding. 

"Desert Song," 2d week at Grand 
Central, continued to pack them in 
Pox Follies, something different, at- 
tracted. Loew's policy of good films 
and no stage show seems to be pay- 
ing. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Ambassador (3,000; 36-50-66-75) 
"Innocents of Paris" (Par). Maurice 
Chevalier, French star, liked. Ed 
Lowry's stage show fair; $20,600 in 
6 days. 

Fox (6,000; 35-75) "Follies" (Fox) 
Novel picture with entertaining 
plot. Vaudeville. 

Loew's State (3,300; 25-35-65) 
"Where East Is East," silent, (M-G 
M). Typical Lon -Chancy film. 
ShorU; $16,600. 

~><M i'a'S-o>u.r-U-(^,800{ 35^60:^65^.76) 

"Studio Murder Mystery." Like the 
others, but good entertainment 
Harry Rose's stage show; $13,700. 

Grand Central (1,700; 60-76) 
"Desert Song" (WB). 2d week; no 
shorts; 



PettiJoKn Comes Back 

Charlie Pettljohn Is back In town 
'With a French sunburn this time. 



Toronto, June 4. 
(Drawing Pop., 700,000) 
Weather, Hot 

A heat -wave oozing up from the 
south caught grosses below the belt. 
No relief after 86 Tuesday and line- 
ups faded Into empty seats. Satur- 
day, starting the new week here, 
saw no improvement. 

Jack Arthur pushed "Show Boat" 
into the Uptown as regular program 
release at pop prices and gave it 
nothing special in the way of cam- 
paign. Result not so good at $17,- 
000, but enough to lead the town 
eased up. Held over. Stage show 
brief and dallies, in brief reviews,' 
found the picture as a whole good,' 
but. specifically panned Laura La 
Plante— all of them. 

'Conquest," at Pantages, dropped 
to $13,000 despite good stage show 
and the coolest interior in town, 
while Loew's fell below $11,000 with 
"Voice of City," and TivoU dropped 
"Singing Pool" after three Weeks 
when it failed to cross $7,000. Low- 
est grosses since Pan end Loew 
went sound and poorest for TlvoU 
In seven weeks. 

Strangely enough. Shea's Hippo- 
drome, only silent main stemmer, 
felt the heat least, holding to a con- 
sistent $11,000 with "Pawns of 
Passion" and a strong enough stage 
show. 

Heat put a crimp in further legit 
plans at Shtibert's Royal Aleixandra 
and the home office decided' to let 
Lot Solman look after his ball club 
exclusively from now until Labor 
Day. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Uptown (P. P.) (8,000; 30-60)— 
"Show Boat" (U.). This one might 
be d super in the U. S. A., but $17,- 
000 at pop prices looks like routine 
stufiC up here. 

Pantages (F. P.) (3,400; 30-60)—- 
"Conquest." Line-up here Saturday 
and Monday, but -look what the heat 
did. Foor^t $13,000, although Fred 
Schafer seemed to know more about 
keeping his house cool than the 
Others. 

Hippodrome (P. P.) (2,600; 30-60) 
— "Pawns of Passion" (silent)^ Stood 
up comparatively better tha^.any of 
sound houses at $11,000. 

Loew's (2,300; 80-60)-T-"Volce of 
City" (M-G). Just when it looked 
as if tough gruy pictures were- real 
berries up here, this happened. Just 
ten grand. Blame the weather. 
Tivoli (P. P.) (1,400; 30-66)— 
Singing Pool" (W.). After three 
weeks Mr. Jolson has squeezed his 
last tear so far at this house; $7,000. 



Pan, Seattle, Chismg 
For Summer, 1st Time 



. Seattle, June . 4. . 
(Drawing Population, 61X),000) 
Weather: Coot 

No one over-burdened with kale. 
Blue Mouse had "Glad Rag Doll," 
and liked. Music Box in gOod gait . 
for second week of "Desert Song." 

Pantages Just so-so with "The' 
Jazz Age," and Orpheum featured 
a "Collegiate" show. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Seattle (Publx) (3,106; 26-60)—' 
'Gentlemen of Press"' (Par). Ron 
and Don organists in oke novelty. 
Business oil since Publix stage show 
out; $11,000. 

6th Ave. (Pox) (2,600; 26-60)— 
"The Valiant" (Pox). Fanchon and ' 
Marco stage unit, "Indian Summer." 
$14,000.' 

Fox (2,600; 26-60)— "Hearts of 
Dixie" (Par), Nothing to rave 
about; $13,800. 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (960; 26- 
75)— "Glad Rag Doll" (WB). First 
appearance of Dolores Costello in 
some weeks. She drew. Nice pic- 
ture; JIO^OO. 

Music Box (Hamrick) (1,000; 26- 
75)— "Desert Song" (WB). Second 
week; $12,800, big, 

Pantades (1,500; 26-60)— "Jazz 
Age" (Cpl). Paths sound news and 
good Vaude; ■ $5,700. House Closing , 
for summer first time since opened. 

Orpheum (2,700; 26-$l) — "One 
Stolen Night" (WB). Good feature. 
Also nifty vaude. Just fair; $10,300. 



Olsen's Band PoHs Ont 
Michigan From Slump 

Detroit, June 4. 

George Olsen's band has pulled' 
the Michigan (Kunsky) out of a^ 
s£xeral^fieks^ump^_Itj8jthe oii^^^^ 
downtown house doing any " redT' 
business since the new week opened. 

Olsen's Is the best exploited band 
ever to play this city. Every con- 
ceivable sort of tleup seemed to 
have been made. Tie-ups • Included 
the U. of Mich., Detroit Times, Gen- 
eral Motors and Bucky . Harris. 

Next week the band goes to ; 
Chicago. 



Wednesday; June 5, 1*29 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



Fox ToDies'' at Roxy, $107J0; 
Warners' 'IShow" Starts Talk; 
VaOee Off at Par. with $73,800 



Considering the heat wave that 
tad the town mopping Its collective 
brow the Broadway picture palaces, 
noUbly the Roiy, Capitol ia.nd Par- 
amount, came through last week 
without any real complaint. It was 
fl07.200 at the Roxy, »74,600 at the 
Capitol and »73,800 at the Para- 
mount. 

Among the $2 houses, many not 
fortlfled by polar breezes, the 
S?eathei» took heavy toll. Afternoon 
trade especially' poor even with 
"bulldog Drummond" and "Broad- 
Way Melody," the leaders. Mob evi- 
dently had Central at Broadway and 
47th' Street spotted as oft the arctic 
zone as^'tr^de tumbled nearly t6,000 
with "The Squall." 

Last week's list Included five film 
musicals, "Cocoanuts," "Fox Fol- 
lies" "On With The Show," "Desert 
Song" and "Broad^yay Melody" and 
with musical iangles to "Broadway," 
"Innocents ot Paris," "Mother s 
boy" and "Alibi." 

Boxy advertised "Fox Follies" as 
a $6.60 musical for $1, while the 
Klalto, more pretentiously, bally- 
hooed "Cocoanuts" as a »7.70 attrac- 
tion. "On With The Show," the first 
musical entirely in Technicolor 
opened Tuesday and received en- 
thusiastic comment, "Broadway, 
at the Globe, the other $2 entrant 
ot the week, was also well, received 
,but with some dissenting 'opinions. 
Estimates for Last Week ' 
Apollo— "Bulldog Drummond" (U. 
A.) (1,270; n->2) (6th week). Side 
street location additional matinee 
handicap. Dropped from J18,400 to 
$15,000 dfirlng heat. Still runner 
' up to "Broadway Melody." No ex 
tra shows holiday or week end. 

Astor— "Broadway Melody" (M 
G-M) (1.120; »l-»2) (17th week). 
Popularity 'of tunes valuable •auxil- 
iary. Ijocatlon asset. Demand con- 
tinues brisk. With holiday and 
against heat, $18,800. 

Came^"Wlld Heart Of Africa" 
(Expedition) silent. (640; 50-76). In 
dependent and amateur travel pic 
tare privately booked. With slight 
overhead got $6,400. 

Capitol— "Where East Is East" 
silent (M-Q-M) (4,620; 86-60-76- 
$1.60). Fans appeared to go for this 
silent Lion Chaney picture. Not big 
but hefty at $74,600. 

Csntral— "The Squall" (FN) (922; 
$l-$2) (4th week). Nose-dived in 
• third week from $10,900 to around 
' $6,400. Drop probably attributable 
In part to Old- legit house, not at- 
tractive m heati Picture not taken 
seriously at |2. „ ^, ^„ x 
Cohan— "Mother's Boy" (Pathe) 
(1,314; $l-$2) (6th and final week). 
Another of reserved-seaters not 
taken seriously at scale. Booked 
Into the Paramount in July and 
' Just picking up what publicity pres- 
tige attaches to Broadway run. 
■ Wilted and exited In heat. 

CriterJish — "Innocents of Paris 
(Par) (802; $l-$2) (6th and final 
week). Fulfilled original booking. 
Xast week $8,300. «ouse will get 
vacuumed and dusted during 10-day 
period of darkness. "Four Feathers" 
(Par), opens June 12. 

Embassy— "Mary Dugan" (M-O 
M)) (596; $l-$2) (9th, final week) 
Deemed' one of best of courtroom 
dramas. Two good months among 
bright bulbs. Finished at $5,000. 
Columbia's "Father and Son" opened 
Monday. 

4';th Street— "Alibi," dialog (UA) 
(1,323; $l-$2) (9th week). Not fig- 
ured much over $7,000 agolnst 
double handicap of weather and lo- 
cation. Going into Rlalto Saturday 

Gaiety — "Black -v^atch" (Fox) 
(808; $l-$2) (3d week). First full 
week Just over $10,000. About six 
weeks anticipated. Picture not 
among $2 hits. ^ ,^ 

Globe — "Broadway," dialog (U) 
(1,41S; $l-$2) (2d week). In five 
days gathered $13,600. Universal' 
^_ costly script generally considered to 
have made good picture. 

Harris — "Madame X," dialog (M 
G-M) (1,101: $l-$2) (7th week) 
. Can get by proflUbly at $12,700, but 
must get over case of dropsy 
Scaled from $17,000 to $14,000 to $12, 
700 on succeeding weeks. 

Paramount— "Man I Love," dialog 
(Par) (3,606; 40-6B-7D-$l). Edge 
olt the Rudy 'Vallee convention 
Stumbled to $73,800, nearly five G'l 
lower than any previous figure dur 
Jtig Vallee cycle. Rudy takes the 
B.-M. T. to Paramount, Brooklyn 
this Saturday, swapping dressing- 
rooms, with Paul Ash. Stage unit 
featuring Jack Osterman, deemed 
Now York favorite, not potent at 
Paramount. Fami ly trade didn 't 
'"^Itn'ow or get ' JacTtTe. ^ 

Rialto— "Coconuts" (Par) (1,904; 
85-50-85-$l) (2d week). Marx Bros, 
are Times Square favorites, insur- 
ing big opening week despite con- 
flicting opinion on molden film try. 
Counting de luxe reserved scat 
opening night, got $43,100, 

Rivoli— "This Is Heaven" (UA; 
(2,200; 36-60 - 85 -$l) (2d wock). 
Nothing to make speeches about. 



L 0. Cooled HoDses like 
It Hot-Saenger $21,300 

New Orleans, June 4. 
(Draw. Pop., SOO,(|pO) 
Weather: Clear, Hot 

Another nice week for most 
houses with ' arrival of summer 
weather. Thousands of Orleanians 
swarm into refrigerated theatres to 
escape heat. Everything being 
equal, air-cooled houses draw bet- 
ter In summer than in winter. 

Saenger led town with "His Cap- 
tive Woman," $21,000, but had Sing- 
er's Midgets on stage. . < 

Coquette" rang bell at Loew's 
State with $18,000. 

Orpheum was angry with Laura 
La Plants in VScandal." House had 
miserable week when biz dropped 
to $7,300. Theatre has given, stand- 
ing two weeks' notice to union 
crews, which means It can close at 
any time. 

"Broadway Melody," In 3d week 
at Tudor, went to even $4,000, Not 
doing much, as anticipated; current 
week, its fourth, may be last.- De- 
tracting element is that Tudor, is 
not refrigerated. 

Strand got $4,500 with Jannlngs 
in "Betrayal." 

Estimates for Last Weelc 
Saenger (3,668; 65)— "His Captive 
Woman," with Singer's Midgets on 
stage aiding greatly. $21,300. 

Loew's State (3,218; 60)— "Co 
quette," Plckford picture, liked im- 
mensely. $18,200. 

Orpheum (2,400; 60)— "Scandal 
failed to click; poor surrounding 
show. Dropped to $7,300, lowest of 
year. 

Tudor (800; 60)— "Broadway Mel 
ody," 8d week, $4,000. 

Strand (2,200; 30)— "Betrayal' 
showed box of&ce strength by going 
to $4,600. 

Good Fdms m Frisco, 
Bot Biz Not So Good 

San Francisco, June 4, 
(Drawing Population, 750,000) 
Weather: Clear and Cool 
Only one bright spot lost week, 
"Innocents of Paris." It began its 
3d week at the St. Francis Friday 
after two weeks at the California 
making a total of five weeks on 
Market street Over $10,000, good 
biz for this small house. 

While the Warfleld maintained its 
lead, "The Valiant" could not get 
em In. 

"Show Boat" went into the Call 
fornia Thursday to good biz. "The 
Rainbow Man'' fell down on 2d 
week. "Stolen Kisses" opened at the 
Davles Thursday after one week of 
The Time, the Place and the Girl.'" 

Estimates for Last Week 
Warfield (Fox-Loew) (2,672; 60 
66-90) — "The Valiant" (Fox). Every 
body liked it, but did not have wide 
audience appeal. Drop to $23^500. 

Granada (Publlx) (2,698; 35-60-66 
$1)— "A Dangerous Woman" (Par) 
Baclanova's singing and music 
lacked draw. Down to $16,900, 

California (Publlx) (2,200; 36-60 
65-90). "Rainbow Man" (Par). 2d 
week failed to hold up, $15,100. 

St. Francis (Publlx) (1,375; 35-60 
55.90)— "Innocents of Paris" (Par) 
Held well for 2d week. $10,800. Held 
over. . . 

Embassy (Wagnon) (1,367; 60-65- 
90_"Desert Song" (W. B.). 3d week, 
good. $16,600. , , 

Davies (Wagnon) (1,150; 36-60- 
65-90) — "Time, Place and Girl" 
(WB). Only fair for one week; 
closing to $9,000. 




LEON LEONIDOFF 

Boxy Theatre, New York 
Director of Production 

(Assistant to isr. S. L. Rotliafel) 
Presentation and divertissement 
in conjunction with ,- . 

"Fox Movietoiis Follies." 
Held' over for isecond week. 



Tox FoDies" $18,500 and Warners' 
"Show" $32,000, L A. Standouts 



1llollyandHe"HoUsU; 
lllhiii$tre«t,K. C$163001 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Warner Bros, led the town on the 
second week ot "On With the Show," 
within $4,000 of the initial week. 

Of the bigger houses the one to 
take the hardest fall was Loew's 
State with "The Valiant" Selling 
title n. s. g. for b. o. Excellent 



Kansas City, June 4. 
Mercury climbed and the box of- . ----- - - „„» 



ilonetone 
Hot Wash. 
Got 





Around $27,800 on opening week. 
Third United Artists picture now 
playing on street "Thunberbolt" 
(Par) next. 

Roxy— "Fox Follies" (Fox) (6,205; 
60-76-$l-$1.60). Second week count- 
ed upon in advance. .At $107,200, 
best figure for house in two months. 
Plenty of extra lineage employed in 
dailies. ^ ■ - „ ^ 

Strand — "Divine Lady," silent 
(FN) (2,900; 3,550-05-75). Fell down 
on grind following $2 engagement 
Nothing remarkable at $30,500. 
"Glad Rag Doll" (VVB) current 

Warners — "Desert Song (WB) 
(1,360; $l-$2) (6th and final week). 
Another to take drubbing from heat. 
-Bowod-out^wlth-scanty"$5,900.— 

Winter Garden —"On with tht 
Show,' Technicolor and'dlalog (WB) 
(1,494; $l-$2): (2d week). Warners 
won raves and started plenty of 
trade conversation with experl 
mental musical in color. : Itated 
snappy entertainment and most 
likely picture Warners have brought 
In since Jolson. Around $10,000 on 
first four days. 



Washington, June 4. 
(White Pop, 460,000) 
Weather, Hot 

Everything last week was Fox 
Movietone Follies" at the Fox. 
Picture started bjg and built right 
along, beating previous two high 
ones, "Old Arizona" and "Hearts in 
Dixie" by $2,000 each. 

Nothing else In the town came 
within arm's length of the Fox mu 
sicaL Next highest was $12,000 
lower. That was Lon Chaney In 
silent, "Where East is Bast," and 
not a good figure for the Palace. 

"Desert Song's" 3d week showed 
sticking potentialities, getting Into 
the five-figure class, 

"Hot StufT' anything but that for 
Earle, $4,000 under usual. 

Kind of tough, too, at the Rlalto 
with 2d week of "Ssmcopation," 
Estimates for Last Week 
Columbia (Loew)— "Coquette" (U. 
A.) (1,232; 35-60) (2d week). Re 
ported $10,000. 

EaHs (Stanley)— "Hot Stuff" (F, 
N.) (2,244; 36-60). Slightly better 
than preceding week but no Joy at 
tached; ^$10,800. 

Fox (Fox) — Fox "Movietone Fol 
lies" (Fox) (3,434; 36-60-76). Cleaned 
up and against first real hot 
weather; over $30,000. 

Met (Stanley-Crandall) — "Desert 
Song" (W. B.) (1,686; 36-60). $10, 
000 on 3d week In this house ex 
cellent 

Palace (Loew)— "Where East is 
East," silent (M-G) (2,368; 36-50) 
Total puts Chaney In same class 
with Barrymore of previous week 
$4,000 under usual ot late; $18,000 

Rialto (U.)— "Syncopation" (R-K 
O) (1,927; 36-60). 2d week, though 
figure looks low better than house 
doing before passing out; $6,000. 

''Desert Song,** 2d Week 
$6,700-^Led in Seattle 

Tacoma, June 4. 
(Drawing Population, 12S/>00) 
Weather: Fair 

Second week of "The Desert Song 
to tuneful clip at Blue Mouse, while 
Chevalier in "Innocents of Paris'" 
held interest at Rlalto. This French 
actor seems to grow on the tans. 
Estimates fer.|.ast Week 
Pantages' (1,600; 85-50)— "Jazz 
Age" (Col); $6,300. 

Blue Mouse (Hamrlck) (650; 25 
76)— "Desert Song" (WB). Second 
week. Oke, $6,700. 

Rialto (WC) (1,260; 26-60)— "In 
nocents of Paris" (Par). Good; $4, 
700. 

Colonial (WC) (850; 25-35-50)— 
"Sin Sister" (Pox). Not so hot 
$2,800. 

Dowling With Picture 
On Percentage in €hi 

CThlceigo, June 4 
Eddie Dowling will make a per 
V6naV*'"aijpednuico~^ItK'*TiliTrTalk^ 
"Rainbow Man," at the Roosevelt 
for one week, starting Saturday, 

The picture goes in on a percent 
ago basis, with Dowling taking 
whatever salary he is charging, if 
any, from the picture's share of the 
gross. It's an independently made 
talker, distributed by Paramount 



systems. Memorial Day 
stead of helping the theatres, as the 
town Was practically deserted and 
a heavy rain at night kept custom- 
ers at home. All in all, the theatres 
got a bad break. 

The novelty bit was the lobby of 
the Pontages, where Manager Louis 
Charnicky had built a genuine bar- 
room as atmosphere for "Speak- 
easy," the feature. Louis donned a 
white apron and welcomed his 
friends from behind the regulation 
bar. Cold and pure drinks in 
abundance. 

Lon Chaney's "Where East Is 
East" at Loew's Midland and the 
reviewers in their advance notices 
razzed'the star with "Liook out, chil- 
dren; be careful or Lon Chaney will 
get you If you don't watch out" and 
things similar. The after notices 
we're no better and business was 
oft. 

Mainstreet's "Molly and Me," with 
the Ken Murray stage vaude revue, 
were the best value in town, but 
suffered with the rest. Another 
back Stage picture, "Glad Rag Doll," 
at the Newman, was not up to the 
standard this house Is trying to 
establish. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Mainstreet- "Molly and Me' 
(3,200; 26-36-60-60), Back stage 
romance, with Belle Bennett and 
Joe Brown, brought remembrances 
ot the stage show, "Burlesque," but 
thousands ot fans never saw "Bur 
lesque," so what's the difference 7 
Stage show by the Ken Murray 
unit snappy. $16,600, 

Loew's Midland— "Where East Is 
East" (4,000; 26-36-60). lion Chaney 
Is not much of a screen draw in 
Kansas City. Papers unkind in a 
kidding way, and plenty of seats at 
all times. Seems like It Is a hard 
game to educate the customers to 
an all-sound policy when they have 
been given stage shows tor so many 
years at the other houses. $14,000. - 
Pantages — "Speakeasy" (2,200; 
26-36-60). Drew best notices of 
week. Perfect for the Pan's regu- 
lars. Stage show. $14,400. 

Newman— "Glad Rag Doll" (1,980; 
26-40-60). Feature light, frothy 
farce and not in keeping with the 
picture" expected at this house, but 
pretty fair entertainment, at that 
Shorts. $14,000. 

Royal — "A Dangerous Woman' 
(840;. 26-40). When this picture, 
with Baclanova and Olive Brook In 
the leading roles, was made It was 



titled "The Woman Who Needed for. b. o.; $17,600, 



Paramount did not start onyUiIng 
with Chevalier in "Innocents ot 
Paris." Heavy exploitation cam- 
paign In the newspapers with fair 
results. Picture not figured any 
too forte, but star liked. 

Alibi" got off to a good first week 
at United Artists. Night trade 
fairly heavy. 

"Movietone Follies" sold from the 
sex angle. Got off to a good start 
at the Criterion and built UP as the 
week went along. Looks sure for 
six ^vGcks* 

The Chinese, with "Broadway 
Melody" in 18th week, felt the War- 
ner's competition strongly. Third 
week at Carthay, "The Black 
Watch" slipped a bit. Goes out at 
the end ot this week, making way 
for "Four Devils" June 8. 

"Show Boat" receded $2,000 from 
previous week at the Biltmore and 
goes out at the end of its sixth 
week, June 16. House will be dork 
for four days and reopens with 
Broadway" June 19. 

..^Estimates for Last Week 
Biitmore (Erlanger) — "Show Boat" 
(U.) (1,660; 60-$1.60) (6th week). 
Slow during early part of week, 
week-end bringing It to around 
$9,600. 

Boulevard (Fox)— "Mary Dugan" 
(M-G) (2,164; 26-^0). Not as bi^ as 
expected, with Vlnce SUlc new m. c. 
replacing Benny Rubin on stage; 
$6,900. 

Carthay Circle (Fox)— "The Black 
Watch" (Fox) (1,600; 60-$1.60) (4th 
week). For the third stanza poor, 
going out June 7; $7,100. 

Criterion (Fox) — "Movietone Fol- 
lies" (Pox) (1,600; 26-76) (2nd 
week). Starting oft to grind picked 
up as week went along, with sex 
angle exploitation causing big male 
draw. Great at $18,600. 

Egyptian (U, A--Fox)— "The Voice 
of the City" (M-G) (1,800; 28-76). 
Dropped around. $2,600 from week 
before with Eddie Peabody on 
stage, figured to do exceptional 
week, meaning nothing;. $6,900. 
Grauman's Chinese (U. A.)— 
Broadway Melody" (M-G) (2,028; 
60-$1.60) (19th week). Started off 
slQwly, picked up and bettered $2l,- 
000. ' 

Hillstreet (R-K-O)— "High Volt- 
age" (Pathe) (2,960; 26-76). Wil- 
liam Boyd unusual local bet with 
holiday trade helping; $14,000. 

Loew's State (Loew-Fox) — ^"The 
Valiant" (Fox) (2,042; 26-$l). Pic- 
ture could get nowhere. Title poor 



Killing." On the screen it Is the 
other name. Fiery Russian vamp 
Justified original title. Following a 
five-week run of the "Showboat" 
the little house rather had to start 
building again. $3,800. Some time 
before it has the regulars dropping 
in as usual. 



Paramount (Publlx) — 'Innocents 
of Paris" (Par.) (3,696; 26-76), In- 
augurated all picture policy In 
house and got oft to good start, but 
slowed up as week went along; 
$26,000. 

United Artists (Pub.-U. A.)— 
"AUbl" (U. A.) (2,100; 25-$l) (2nd 
week). Fairly good during Initial 
week at around $22,000. 

Warner (W. B.)— "On With Show" 
(W. B.) (2,766; 26-76) (Srd week). 
Kept up capacity pace, turning 
away at night and added extra mid- 
night show Saturday; $32,000. 

BROOKLYN'S ALIBIS 



Weather and Coney loland Among 
Others for Low Grosses 



Gonmen Don't hterest 
The Flaps of Bahifflore 

Baltimore, June 4 
(Drawing Population, 860,000) 
Weather: Hot 

Tropical weather wilted the local 
b. o.'s despite Decoration Day. Busi- 
ness below par. , 

"Voice of City" dropped $1,000 Brooklyn, June 4. 

under house average at the Century. Just one single big and handsome 
"Innocent^ of Paris'' at the Stanley alibi — the weather. At the Para- 
week's bi^ talk but failed to get a mount, "Man I Love" with Paul Ash 
big draw. "Two Weeks OfT' at the on stage got $41,800, not so good. 
RlvolI satisfactory, despite heat. Strand, "Divine Lady." which 
Parkway with "Coquette" below rated $17,200, also a poor figure for 
average. I this house. 

Estimates for l^st week L„JVheTe°eli,rd"wlS*Con?;"l2Sj;S 
C.?rY3!ioo'i^6'r^O).n'iaps"'do^'t business theatres had 

'i,^®. the gunmen, that's the wiswer. "Eetimates for Last Week 
Finished week be»o''.f^«nt f'Sh Paramount— "Man i Love," (Par) 
average. Stage show pleasing; »20.- jdiaiog (4,000: 86-60-76). Hot weath- 

Stage 



000. 

Stanley (Loew, Stanley-Crandall) 
"The InnocenU of Paris" (3,600; 25- 
60). Chevalier, debuttlng here, drew 
critical raves. Picture not In keep- 
ing with star. Drew class audience. 
No youthful appeal. Hot weather 
affected; $15,000, way off. Ilne«xeltlnp 

Rivoli (Wilson Co.) "Two Weeks gju^., 



or knocked the house cuckoo, 
show all right; $41,800. 

Strand— "Divine Xady." (FN) dia- 
log (2,800; 25-36-60-76). Low at 
$17,200. 

Fox— "The Valiant," (Pox) dia- 
log- (4,000; 36-40-60-60-76). Noth- 



(3,248; 35-40- 
picture with 



OfT' (2,100; 26-60). Satisfactory 
despite general downward trend. 
Started well, nights good. Slowed 
up by heat. Above average. 

Valencia (Loew, UA) "Carnation 
Kid" (1.500; 25-50), This elevator 
house does bettor as continued run 

::tand for features that have clicked ■ ^ _^ _ 

rii'nQrr^Tg~smwyr~'Xvefase^ rC "O^S T*IJ 'WI^E! 

run film allotted hece falls to fetch 
trade. This one ah example. Way | 
down to $1,900. 

Parkway (lK)ew, UA> "Coquette" 
(1,000; 16-36). Palled- to get any- 
thing handsome at Valencia last | 
week and w.ell below average here, 
once the Baltimore start- off tor | 
Plckf(>i:d films; $2,400. 



50-60-76), Ordinary 
Gllda Gray on stage. 

Loew's Met — "Desert Nights." 
(MGM) sound (3,577; 35-40-60-60- 
76). Unexciting picture. Vaudc; 
$18,600. 



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Wednesday; June 5, 1929 





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Summer Predicted as Disas- 
trous for Independent Ex- 
hibitors of Small Standing 
—Some G«ing Back to 
Silent Product— Talker 
Rentals Cannot Come 
Down, Say Producers 

CHEAP EQUIPMENT 



Veteran leadera, stating that in- 
dependent exhibitors throuohout the 
country are facing their worst sum- 
mer, predict that, unlew. rel.rf .» 
realized In a reduction of tallter 
rentals following the producer sales 
conventions this month, »PP''<>»'- 
mately 30 per cent, of the '"«•>• box 
offices nationally will close before 
another season. 

With many small theatres the 
claim Is made that talker film 
renialB alonr cat up 50 per cent, ot 
the Pi- -'^ - l:-5-JC09 to br"a!i 

«.v<.., with :;.i.n..l have to. triple the 
attendance necessary under the 
Bllent policy. It Is claimed. This 
re.-ord has to be kept up. regard- 
less' of the customary drop during 
the hot months. It Is because of 
thi«, veterans figure, that many in 
the fold will never live through the 
■Knvm season. , _„ i„ 

The out In raising admissions Is 
out they say In view, of standard 



Not Who-How! 



Los Angeleo. J'.nie 4. 
As seen out here It won't be 
the Invasion of new tolent Into 
talking pictures which will kill 
off most of the big names In 
pictures. It's tie fact that the 
public Is at the point where it 
doesn't care who Is In the pic- 
ture, so long as It talks and 
provides fair entertainment. 

This Is the consensus among 
the boys who have their eai-s ; 
closest to the ground— the film 
sale^ien who mike the rounds 
and the eshlbltors themselves. 

Exchange men and eshlbs 
are of the expressed opinion 
that If stars don't disappear, 
at least, most will lose the 
magic prestige which was 
their" s for so long. It seems 
quite evident that the talkers 
will develop feW stars. Eshlba 
report that the crowds wel- 
come the voices of strangers 
and that comment anent the 
continual change In casts io 
welcome. 

General query along the 
street now on pictures Is not 
"Who's in It?" but "How Is It?' 




AmDsemNit Slnres Join Rally 
h Moderate Way; Warner at 118 



Yesterday's Prices 



Leading Amusements. 

SftloB. "• .Open. High. Last.. Ch's*. 
4,700 FOX .... eSii- 88% 88 +2% 
l.TOO Loew M% 
3.200 Far . . . 
T.SOO Pathe .. 10% 
132.900 Rad C'rp OIH 

27,600 BKO 30% 

S.7aO Shub ... St<4 
30.200 Warn B.lie 
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1100 only averageu $20 more in 
sound. The biggest bulge on the 
small Indle. they figure. Is paying 
off the equipment charges rather 
than film rentals. This, especially 
in cases of Indies who went_ lor 
cheap unreliable sound equipment. 

As for film. rentals being so ex- 
orbitant producers cannot see where 
the average Is much higher than 26 
per cent, over silent stuff, except 
under a percentage spilt. 

Again producers maintain that 
talkers will be more costly than 
out they say In view, oi siajiuaiu i g^gj. ^l^rlng tVie next season because 
prices on Broadway and the refusal jhe competitive situation which 
of the public outside to accept the arisen, making not anythln^f 

bu'-k with chain competitors also ^^,^^1,,^ story material ajid 

etiinaing price paf. A raise ujider necessitating heavy outlays tor 
tho-<e circumstances would be sul- pjj^yg ^.jth established dialog or else 
ci'lal they declare. , ; . costly musical comedies. 

^Ueady some houses with equip- nigh executives In several big 
n eiit which have experimented' producing companies say that tHe 
vith oouiid and found prlcea '2|n-^| situation is such at present thai 



Theatre stocks made further ^ 
progress yesterday toward recovery 
of declines over past fortnlgW. 
Movement was accompanied hy 1 
moderate turnover, those stocks do^ 
Ing best .which had heeh under most I 
severe presstire, notably Radio -K-O 
up to 30%, from 25, and Warner at ] 
,118, up from 106, last week's low. 
.Paramount, having dipped less than 
the rest, was proportionately slow 
on the upturn, doing 65 at yester- 
day's best. 

As the day wore on the bears 
weakened progressively ' until the 
last hour found them In precipitate 
Followin^TJiTpreWt tour in the I retreat. .Radio.; which harbe^d >. ^"^'^^"MridkT^d yesie^iay "^w 
west. The Saji Francisco "Examiner" large, short Interest, move^l upi bews. Monday. .aJia ^ 
dell^ed-^STwas "one of the inost „e^,y , p^mt^ .an'd closed. wl,th itt. **?*^'^ ^"S^^^^Sly ending 
nerforaiers in the coun- 1^ ^, ' t jntact. Radio-KeHthea- eldea Jn Radio ..partlcuiarij, enainb 
Joyed one of \k beit days .of the in vlctoi-y for t^e bulls. ^ 
yeari crossing 3iB for a 4-:P0lnt acl- ■ Shubert Down to 

vance. • Shubert broke Monday to 48%. 

».iiinr-B-p o-TAM/ uiadqaUTI These Improvements were made lowest price at .»hlch " J'*^^"*" 
SHUBERT STOCK WARRAMT ,„ the face of a good deal of reallz- elnce it went on a dividend basis 

Irig by "courageous traders .who I nearly two years ago. Selling ap- 
plcked up stocks last -week 'a^ bar- f parenOy came from a belated reaii- 
gain pricea and used yesterday's Uatloh of the poialUon the. legitimate 
jump to realize. Warner Bros. ' In [.theatre flnde Itself in with the in- 



MISS RENIE itIANO 

That exceptional stage cut-up 
and eccentric danseuse now with 
Fanchon & Marco West Coast ujiits. 
TALKER BOUND 
Following her present tour in t^l 
est. The Saji Franciisco "Examiner 
aeclated she was "one of the most 
picturesque performers in. the coun- 
try." She has "It," talent and] 
everything. 



its parent company. Probably the 
short Interest In lladio-KeUh was ae 
large as that, in any of the amuse- 
ments. Testerday's late covering 
began to look like an urgent retreat, 
after the Withdta'viral of more timid 



RighU Attached, to .Bonds Lapse 
June 30 a* Cemmen DrApt 
On Ticker 



I I iCKor lump to reajize. w.arnor wud. ..meaire nuuo "-^v-^ ---- - 

-■ big- volume went ahead sharply, creasing popularity of sound pic- 

sent to holders of Liosing at the 'day's top of 118. tures. Lee Shubert .himself on sall- 



Notlce was 

Shubert bonds last week that there 
remained 2,000 stock purchase war 
rants outstanding and the prlvUeg. 
expires June 80, 1928. Original war- 
rants attached to the bond issue of 
five years ago amounted to 40,000 
and. call for purchase of 



olosing.at the day's top of 118. 

Pox Waa erratic, opening around 
11 o'clock at 87-%, about 2 up net I 



tures. Lee Shubert himself on sail- 
ing last week cpled attention to 

remained z,ooo stocic purcnuue wm - mi o'ciock at aooui a uy imi. ithls new handicap to the prosperity 

rants butatandlng and the prlvUege probably representing an urgent of the theatre, admitting that the 

, Y.. 4A 1090 i-ifio^nni war- I L...... ^^^rA^tnt^ tMiiA Thprpflfter 1 g^ason Just passed was the worst In 

years. 

Monday's break may have repre- 
sented the clearing out some 
cUque holding. At any rate the 



bear covering trade. Thereafter 
Fox dipped to 86% and ruled most 
of the day fractionally below 88, 
compared to last week-s bottom of | 
80%'. These gains were made dur- 



shares . 

Shubert stock at BO. 1 80%. These gams were maao aur- i cUque noiumg., a>. — 

As it happened on Monday's de- i„g a general rally in the 'whole list, issue locked better yesterday get 

dine of Shubert to 48%. the war- '-—- ' — *- -"i-^ «♦ 1- "i/- «>♦ ««« time. Stoci 

rapts represented no value at all 



I laiB ** ^%;«ai,i»»** — — ; v 

1 while the- money rate ruled at ,7,. 
first time .'it has adyariced. eihce 



rajits represented no vaiue ai first Umej lt nas aavancea. whw 
the bond issue has been retired,,! early April, . The market lootee fojr 
and since the: stock purchaae ■waf-'.l some\yhat'.liigher moneiy. during .tl^e 
ranU hadi b4en detached, there is;! heavy June disbursements and un- 
no way of' knowing; who the holderSjl ui pending government financing is 



are. 



vith oouiid and found prlcea jJn- I situation is such at present thai .. , . V , . .i jj^ 
m rtble have gone back to sllenfe as Lhey venture not a single company LeWin S IftreC UHIIS 

.> It le oolrl Several 1 .v.. l.a<> Itc nrnilurtlon schedule I -r a— ..^l^n Timo 



ting up to W% at one Ume... Stock 
purchase -wiurrants attached. to the 
old bpndB,call for purchase of the 
common ^at 60, expire June 80 next. 
Said to be 2,000 warrants still out- 
standing. At and below 50 for the 
common . In the open market, of 
course, the. rights are .without value. 
Only Blgnlflcant developments 



I 



tl.elr last stand, It Is said Several 
of These are reported in Brooklyn. 

Indle leaders for the first time 
a,o now giving credence to predic- 
tions, which they formerly ridiculed, 
that the future of small singly 
owned boxofflce Is like that of the 
Indian. ' Labor's stronghold together 
with the electric's dictation forcing 
them further into the Inatallment 
systems, has relegated the otice 
heated subjects of music tax, etc., 
Into oblivion. 

Tlie Independents, in a last ralij, 
ar- offering for their rights to con- 
tiin.e arguments that they repre- 
Rent the front line trench In the 
industry's campaign to keep down 
state and federal taxes. In its 



v^..fc«.>- — • w - - 

actually has Us production schedule 
in shape and that the conventions, 
usually witnessing a 100 per cent, 
llne-up of product for thu new sea- 
eon, this year wiU be filled with 
gaps allowing for changes in the 
production months to follow. 

The most concise answer, niade 
by one sales head In answer to the 
Indle leader predictions. Is: 

"We cannot figure the exlilbltor 
situation until we commence selling 
pictures. 'The exhibitor can be as- 
sured right now, however, that all 
of us have got to get real prices." 

PATHE'S PRODUCERS 



out of tlie, way; 

Durant 6e\\p .Warner 
Amusement fetocka' on the Ex- i v"v — — :' , rt'l^. n Mr, 
.change dropped an aggregate ot 75 among the Curb stocks WM the dip 
Los Angeles, June 4. points net last week, being influ- of Fox theatres below 22, and tne 
Albert Lewln, scenario editor at enced by particularly severe pres- fact that among all the listed active 
M-G-M the past year, has been pro- gyre on Warner. Street talk credited I amusement stocks listed, the only 
moted to producer. His former post the Warner selling to W. C. Durant one to show a plus sign at the end 
- n»b»rt HftrrlB-i^jjQ disposed of a large block of of last week was International Fro- 



ia taken over by Robert Harris, u^^o disposed of a large block of of last week was international rro- 
hrother-in-law of Dave lioew. Har- the plctiire ahares, clearing out an Jection new, which advanced H- a 
rls was formerly In charge of the old long .line; Weakhess in thia lot of show people in New Yotk 
uslc department at the studio. I spot had a disquieting effect are caught on the long side of Fox 
Lewln has been given three units I through the amusement group, ac- theatres, and with the prospect of 
.J handle, including Greta Garbo in companied by professional short heavy financing ahead there is a 
the temporarily titled "Jealousy," sdllrig. As usual aelling for the good deal of nervousness among 
scheduled for June 20; Ramon No- I decline went too far and the over | them, 
varro In "The Battle of the Ladies," extended shorts helped Monday and 
July 1, alid the Van and Schenck^yggtgrday to accelerate the recovery 
unit. 



.yesterday to accelerate the recovery 
I in Warner and elsewhere. 
A. P. Younger Is' working on the ,pj,|g ^as p"artlcularly noticeable 
latter story, tlendlng baseball with j„ Radio Corp. which advanced 
■vaudeville. Ager and Yellen will gteadlly from Monday's close of 84 



1 vauuT;v«*A^* - - ■ 9i.cctuiiy iruui 

state anu i<r>.^.». — "~ kiioq the I ~. 1 x Provide the musical score and lyrics, to better than 90 yesterday 

lobbying In various assemblies tne g^,^^^.^ D.pector for Musical j^^^^^jon on vaude team's film I , — » 

Have' office has conUnuously used I .... I 



a .small indle as the wedge, holding 
up his meagre take as one of the 
reasons why it lo only an Illusion 
that fllmdom Is rich. Time and 
ae.-.ln. leaders who have co-operated 
with Hays insist, this single front 
has defeated measures which would 
ta-N the industry hundreds of thou- 
Fnn<l.s of dollai-a annually. 

Lost Personality 
Another angle the Indies are of- 
fering as an excuse for their exist- 
ence Is that 100 per cent, chain con- 
trolled box offices results in a cen- 
tral power which eliminates the no- 
powers of an Individually owned 
house and reduces persionallty so 
necessary for the small town. 

The hopes of the Independent 
man for cheaper talkers s^em to lie 
only m the plans of a few indle 
producers. 

So far as the big talker product 
Js concerned there does not seem a 
flclntllla of a chance for price re- 
ducUon. Western Electric'o licensees 
are bound, as their contract proves. 



Shorts, Made in New York 

Pathe Intends to begin production 
In its New York studios of two-reel 
musical comedies. 

In a quandary as to the producer, 
it will assign three or four to work 
upoil the shorts and select the best 
one for permanency. 

This survival of the fittest contest 
is due to take plao. shortly. 

Bern's "Melody" Sequel 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
" Paul Bern will produce "Road 
Show," M-G-M's sequel to "Broad 
way Melody." Charles King and 
Bessie Love are to head the cast 
and Chuck Relsner. will direct. 

Story treatment now being made 
by Relsner, Robert Hopkins, Wells 
Root and Bess Meredyth, wltli pro 
dMctlon figured for July 1. 

On July 15 Bern will . 
production "Misleading Lady," 
adapted from the stage play. Dla- 



on 

I begins Aug. 15. 



F4fi'S COWESTIQIS HOB i hiex. 
' Los Angeles, June: 4. JJ^ i 
Representing ithe 'Coast studio at n^jt 
Paramount's obnventlons. opening | ,si!4 
St Louie, June 19, lor four days 
and then swinging to Atlantic City, 
will be B. P. Schulberg, Albert A. 
Kaufman, Jack Gain, Erwln Gelsey, 
Arch Reeve, Tom Bailey, and Bill 
Wright. 

Charlie McCarthy, chief of home 
office publicity, will return with th^ 
party. 



. _ , Radio- 
Keith kept pace with the climb of 
Summary tor trteK ending Pnu'vilnv J '-f ' 

Stock Exchange 



In the bond section Shubert suf- 
fered a sinking spell, the 6 per cents 
gelling oft to 76%, a new bottom for 
all time. Other bonds were weak, 
Pathe 7's going into new low ground 
for '29 at 77%. On the crash of 
last fall they were as low as 60 at 
one time. 



U's New Writers 

Los AngeleE, June 4. 
Universal has added two new 
writers to Its staff. .They are Har- 
old Schumate, making .screen adap- 
.tatlon of an original, "One Rainy 
■ • -Night," and Houston ' France is 
put into . an original for Mary 

Nolan. 



110%: 
46^ 
188 
114 

lei 

24 

27 
40% 
44% 
72 
U% 
30 
74% 
4S 
03 
134 
61% 



87% 
28 
108 
i9A 

ia 

94>.i 

0814 

60% 

17% 

24 

10 

12%. 
85% 
9 

13% 
62% 
20 
84% 
07 
S4% 



Sales. iBSue and ratp. 
1.600 American Seat (3) ._. . . . 



HlBh. 

A.WV .«HI«1*V€1„ 

3,300 Con^l. Film pfd. (2) 26% 

V soo Eastman Kodak (8) 17^ 

15.100 loew <8)....,.i, VVA 

: 100 do -pref. (Olt).'. 0. 

Keith • 

800 do prof. (7) M 

»21.000 Kadlo Corp. ol A 00% 

J7,I00 Fox Class A (4) 80 

•1,600 Madison Equare Gnnlen (l',i) 18% 

1400 Met.-O.-M. pref. ,<1.8D) »% 

eO.lOO Radlo-K.-O i, 28% 

4,100 Motion Pletttre Cap 38 

- 40,400 Enta^unt-FaiA.-Uisky (8) J-1% 

28,000 , Path* 'EMhangs ; 10 

B,700 Paths Class A.. 21 



(5). 



6,000 Shubert' 

Stanley 

• iwnjnlvenial pref. (S).. 
212.100 tVarner Bros. (0).... 
60,100 New 'R'. A 



are bound as tncir coiiin*".-^ , log is being written by Lynn S*ar-; 

7n nfices fbr -BcSimd wWch-w-Ill- iiffg;-^ 

ieall^ the "greatest gross revenue." | ler an.l Sylvia Thalberg. Clifford 1 



Several siles he-ids of the larger 
companies even expect prices to 
scale up during tho next .-eason 
rather than descend. 

Producers' Position 
The producer attitude In many 
cases is that It Is the maker.s who 
have had expenses trebWd by 
sound. In some cases, it was cited 
At Pathe, silent product that ccsc 



Brook will direct. 



Einfeld on Coast 

Lo,s Angeles, Joivj 4. ■ 
S. C. Einfeld. publicity and ad- 
vertising' head for First National, 
Is due here around July 1. He v;in 
Install Hulbert Volt,'ht- .Coa.st 
studio pnliliclty director rt-iOiiolng 
George l>andy. 



JU's Sound Head Quits_ 

■'''""^1^8 AnBe7es,*'June""4;'™ 
Arch Heath, director general of 
Uplversal's sound department, has 
resigned this post 

No successor as yet named. 

Red Grange'e Screen Return 

iKjs AnKC-le.'-', June 4. 
Red ■ Grange will be. .starrQd by 
UnWersal In "Colleee U»v<io»" thi.- 
summer. ■ No director fi<-'<-lt'ncd. 



Curb 

10 4<4 la.fiOO Aoou.silc P 

27>/. IB 800 Con. Film Ent 

23% 18'4 1.500 Cone. ThrR 

Si'A iVi 34,500 Fox Theatres 

3814 28' 400 Col I'Icts 

40i.i 10 400 Icev rts 

20V!i lO^i 13,400 Int. Pro (N). ........... . ... 

35(4 25 1,800 Nat. Screen (l.«0). ... . . 

".Bonds 

07 00 je.OOO Keith Cs, '40.;,,.. , 

121» 104 30,000 Loew '41. 

jnO'i ;)7 24.000 do ex War..,, 

•i£i'*":'"T5'*~"ir,W-TCps'e-Tflr''37r:'':'nwr:T 

1IH)% OO't W,000 Par.rKam.-I.Jisky Ov, '4( 
UlVi '!"% .2.000 ?h\»bert fls 



«0 

80% 
118 
01 



S3 
221i 
25i» 
34 

20 . 
24H 

; ' 28. ; 



■341i 
25% 

108 
48H 
07 

05% 
83% 
80% 
17% 
25% 
25 >i 
30% 
CI 
0 

17% 
02% 

84% 
106% 
54% 

4»i 

10% 
21 
21 
.301^ 
. 10 ■ 



Last. 

34^5 
20 

ITl'.t 
.'.O'.i 
117 
27 
05% 
84% 
64% 
18% 
25% 
2iKt 

;.«% 

03% 
0% 
18% 
52% 
40 
84% 
111 
50% 

4 V:: 

20 



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..... lOt 

03 

Tr:-.-^-^l%-""-'7{r 

.... 07% 
..... 18' 



90 
104 
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00% 
77% 



24% 

34 

10 



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•17% 

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- "I* 

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-4% 

- % 

-2^i 
-1% 
—1 

- % 
— 2>- 
— C ' 

-1U 

—3*8 

- H 
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— J'i 



RKO's Sales 'Dept. Men 

Move-ups in Radio Pictures ex- 
change heads, cau.sed by the eleva- 
tion of Chai'les no.sen\velg to gen- 
eral sales' mtipnger. in'Oudo Cleve 
Adams. getting; the l.o'-.'il. post. 

Jerry fsaffron will hai'dJe uiu'ri 
subjects sales.' 



JoKn Kennedy Away 

John Kennedy, auditor for Path<.'._ 
has gone to Europe., 

.His name has been- coiifused by 
some With Joseph P. Kennedy, heaO 
of Pathe, Who is novv on tli<.- west 
coast.' Jos.'' P. will v'-Jin -to J-'""*' 
York the end of June, 



Wednesday, June 5,. 1929 



VARIETY 




AGreaterBUlieDove, 
For Yoiit Ears! 




IS 



imes As 




Great As Ever 

Before 



A Greater Billie Dove 
For Yotir Heart 




PRESENTED BY RICHARD 
A. ROWLAND FROM PLAY 
BY ALFRED SCHIROKAUER 
AND PAUL ROSENHAYN.' 
A JOHN FRANCIS^DILLOM 
PRODUCTION., 




WITH ANTONIO MORENO, 
NOAH BEERY, THELMA 
TODD, ROBERT FRAZER, 
CARMEL MYERS, HOLMES 
HERBERT, SOJIN AND 
— ANDRE DE^SICUROLA • 



The Greatest Billie 
Dove For Your Box- 
Office 



NatioDsl and local exploiuiion 

_of theme . MuiK !'.! .l4?Ye^-V!(W»_.! 

Hate You"* by M. Witmark & Son 
shows exhibitors the way to big- 
ger profits. 



A FIRST NATIONAL VITAPHONE PiaURE 



14 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 




Stands for that tremendous 
Roland West melodramatic 
musical hit, ''ALIBI 



represents RONALD COLMAN'S 
sensational success 

"Bl LLDOG DRUMMOND" 




brings you one of tlie greatest 
m one >' m a k e r s e v e r m a d e , 
MARY PICKFORD'S 

^'COOUETTE" 




There gentlemen — 
is the A B C of how Big Business 
is being done at the Box-Off ice. 

Hundreds of theatres, where these 
ALL-TALKING pictures have played 
will tell you if s the greatest rule they 
ever followed. 

You can always depend upon 

UNITED ARTISTS 

providiiSg exhibitors with the best for- 
inulasLipr making the^ 




This bird 
doesn't know 
his AB C'« . 
but he'd better 
learn P D.Q 
if he wants to] 
hang out his 

s. R. o; 



Save your dates f of new lessons. 



W«dn«sda7«; jMne..l(,. 1029 



FIEM REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



IS 



onsSiorts 



BABY ROSE MARIE 

"fhe Child Wonder" (Songs) 

VITAPHOKE NQ.8P?. ,, . . , 

Winter Gardonjr N(»w jork. 

Baby Bose. M«irle~iB.'&UIed''-*lTiei 
Child "Woridep^,. TJtet^ aro 4,00.0, 
others of tli^. carefully trained 
Uds. But th'ejjr all don't" get' on the: 
Bb6rt9. Most of' them' are pulled out 
' of bed at tHree In the in6rnlher' by. 
soused guests'- to do their, parlor 
Btuft. This .Bhp'rt will; please ohll- 
dren and wp^.eri,: with .-the women 
wondering why they didn't get one 
lite that. 

Child, looking sbo\it eight, sings' 
- three songs. All gestures. are simi- 
lar, from coaching, and some single 
singers appetir to have t^en'the'.pat-. 
terns. I" gestures the little'' girl 1^ 
Itmny. With . "eye" tor tomei In fhej 
l3Tlc, she sh^y, touches -her eye aa 
the Indicator, -but reachei the eye' 
a full line bef pre' the.' word, this oc-' 
' ourring twice. " 

Final numljer, "Don't Be Like 
That," much' the best as she' did It 
In the vo-do-doi-wajr for a child. 
■Though but a kldlet, she seemed to' 
have an Idea .of .her. own In It. . 

Worth playing. Sime. ■ 



-'- JACK WILSON and Co. (2) 
COLUMBIA' SHORT 

-11 Mine. ; v/;-- -'•.: 
; Embassy, NeW;york'i ,. > ■ 

- One of a quep^tet 'of . shorts' intro-^ 
.ductory to pretrtlere of . 'JFather and 
.Son'' (Columl^la). Directed by Basil 
9mlth and. recorded .on - 'W'estem 

'.■;BIectrlc dlskjby Sooy. Bi-os. ' 

Jack Wilson' ls_ In wliit;e 'face sup- 
' ported by hls'.vaudevUle co-workers, 

■.■^Kiith Wheeler and- Warner 'Gault. 

'.-■What they .'use is really In sub- 
stance the familiar blackout of the 

. rounder who gets his pal's girl 
friend to bring along another girl, 
the klclL.comlng..^en she calls the 
ltounder'.s> home phone number; 

At that W;ltson makes It consist- 
ently amusing, what with his own 
brand of flip wise crack and fast 
repartee, usually with a spicy 're.fr 

. erence. Tag Is good for a laugh, 

. but what gives .the subject Its r$al 
value. Is the sustained fun of busi- 
nesii. and' gag lines. 

'VV;llson> Is unflagging, .in his brisk 
handl|j||j|k' of fast .stuff and short Is 
a coitUHous giggle punctuated with 
pleiity^f 'haw hawi' throughout: 
Futi. Is good for the .wise mob" and 
for the'i^iieaBants ; aUk^, ■ low comedy 
business rirolng' with - the subtly 
"blue" talk. 

Any .aho'rt that makes, 'em laugh 
Is priceless. This does' that. 

■ 'flush. ! 



HARRY HOLMAN (3) 
"Hard rBolliMl Hampton" 
RCA>P>tOTORHONE. 
16 Minai;:! Comedy Sketch 
Strahdf t1«w Vorfe 

This, sketch, origltaally. done In 
vaudei .by Ilaiery Holman, has bee^ 
efCectlvely transferred to the talking 
screen ad a two-reelef by Oeo'rge Le 
Halre. .-It -holds plenty of laughs for 
ih^ average, picture house audience. 
Even the old "Schenectady-Troyf' 
gag as pulled by Htolman got a full 
'quota of chuckles here, despite Its 
general release years ago. 

Holman, els ' the hard-skl'nned, 
finicky old lawyer who Is continually 
on the squawk- -with his employees. 
Whips his, comedy .lines across In. 
easy fashlon,'ably assisted by three 
girls. All of the girls play straight 
for Holman. 'A bit of heart interest 
' Is added when tlie third girl who 
comes to his office reveals herself as 
his daugl)ter.-ln-law. - The son he 
dl3lnherlt!6d„h.avlng besn killed. In 
France, the hard-boiled gent turns 
human and promises to take care of 
the girl and her baby. 

Holman uses the phone for com- 
edy chattel? all of It more or less 
familiar to vaude regulars, but. his 
fine delivery and ch'aracterlzatl.dn 
sells it all over again to screen audi- 
ences. 

This one can be spotted on any 
program of shorts, with good results 
assured. 



HARRY HORLICK & A. & P. 

. GYPSIES 

VITAPHONE 763 

10 Mins.; Orchestra • 

Strand, New York 

A popular radio group composed 
of 11 instruments and one vocalist, 
all male. Set Is a rustic scene, the 
players sitting outside a little house 
from which the singer emerges to- 
ward end, doing one number. Or- 
chestra leader plays violin, all the 
members In velvet jackets and flow- 
ing black bow ties. 

Five violins, one cello, bass viol, 
xylophone, cornet, flute and one 
player, whose instrument is not fa- 
miliar, hidden In rear. Outfit plays 
^^Liy'^laasical touch, but has a rep- 
:en6lre~'or^'II53™vOTcK~slfflTrTnr 
their layout. Have moments of 
highly finished work and lapses Into- 
heavy string effects. Xylophonist 
featured for ten seconds. 'Vocalist's 
merits lies In his enunciation. Toung 
chap with artist finish. 
^ Organization features "ChlquUa," 
March of the Toys" and "Gypsy 
I-ove Song." Their first number Is 
best. Well applauded. The group has 
class. 



JULES BLEDSOE 
COLUMBIA SHORT 
8 Mins. 

Embassyf. New. York . . - " . 
-.' Pne.-ot a group of shorts siippte' 
mentlng premlfere of Columbia's 
dliilog feature "Father and Son.'? 
Negro barlto&e of "Show Boat'; does 
two ' numbers In an appropriate 
background, and how he does, them t 
A really great fragment of sight 
sound material, particularly -on 'the 
audible side. ' . ' 

. Plantation shack In background, 
with Mammy and Pappy watching 
the picks stepping. Bledsoe as, the 
son enters carrying . firewood smd 
at Mammy's Urging sings "Old Man- 
Trouble." Here Is a spiritual sung 
as only a negro could flliig It, 'and 
probably only'; -Bledsoe -amprig -he- 
groes. Musical quality escapes de-. 
scrlipflpn, but 'its' appeal "Is' Ines- 
capable. ■ . - • 

Promptly after end of song he' 
goes Into another spiritual, "Wadln"- 
in the "Water," perhaps not -so im- 
pressive as the first, but still a 
fine bit 6f voc&lizing.. ' (Juallty.' of 
this - performance fas'clnates'' and 
dwarfs the staging. Which to tell'ttiei 
truth detracts rather ihan -lenrlcbpsi: 

'.Ree^ardless. of < 'this s'urroim'dlngs,. 
Bledsorls sure fire anywhece^i-^Httre 
it was the outstanding, sh'oft of ' the. 
quartet. . " Jtush. 



LEO' REISMAN and Hotel 
Brunswick Orchestra 
VITAPHONE NO. 770 
7 Mins. . . i 

Winter, Garden, New Yvrk , 

Ordinary. orche§tra. in ordinary 
music, without any of .the recent pop 
soiig favs.' '. ■ , . ■ 

A bit of novelty tlirb'ugh' some of 
the. playing done by the orchestra in 
silhouette, but once as good as 60 
ttnies for that. A^ evidencing the 
waste of tiiiae with an orchestra 
anywfiy on -the shorts, as long as 
the. niusic Is heard', some library 
stuff, of faat running rapids Inserted 
to stop the monotony. 

Ij'V) Rejsman at one period started 
to do a'vloUn solo, nicely made up 
and canfera conscious, but they shut 
that off In. a hurry. 
"JUet i short. , 'i: ' ' Simil. 



BRENOEL anfl'BERr - . , ^' 
"iBeaii NiohP'''.(Coinedy) 
VITAPHONE NO. 739 
to Mine. . 

Winter- Garden, New York. 

, Muri;ay . lioth is slide credited as 
having ' directed this comedy short 
which ends too abruptly, as though 
someone liad tired of the messy slap 
stick In It before finishing. .Good 
epoiigh' though where low comedy 
la'u^h Is needed for a sound pro- 
gram. - 

. El' Brendel, with the team from 
vaude and El in pictures for a year 
pr more now, is calling on hie girl, 
Flo Bert, at her home. He's 'wear- 
ing a 'gag suit so new the tag re^ 
mains on It Starting to rain,: she 
prevails upon him to remain over 
night In the guest room. He goes 
home for his night shirt and is soak- 
ing wet when returning. 

Then, the mess starts. Every time 
his. shruken clothes are touched, 
water spurts In a stream. Brendel 
Is using a bulb for the expulsion but 
should - have cabled Ten Icchl and 
got the proper trick. This water 
streaming is the remainder of the 
short 

- Some dialog and side business, but 
nothing here of value.. It's In the 
pie' throwing family. Sime. 



"MEMORIES" 
COLUMBIA SHORT 
9 Mine. 

Embaiuy, New York 

Routine, -^sentimental song subject 
whose chief value Is as a filler. 

Old man and old woman, latter 
playing piano, harmonize on the old 
songs — "In the Gloaming," etc. He 
asks her -if she remembers and 
opens a scrap book with an old play 
bill. Business to convey they were 
once variety team and cut-back 
shows them doing their old act in 
costume of the 80's. They s|ng 
"Sweet Rosle O'Grady" and '/Side-; 
walks of New Tork" and 'do a 
"Bowery spiel" dance, neither par- 
ticularly good and not too well 
photographed. 

Simple filler, sloppy in its senti- 
mental hoke. 'Value questionable, 
except as a makeshift. Nothing 
original In it. Rwh. 



"THE MAN HIGHER UP" (2) 

M-G-M Movietone 

20 Mins.; Dramatic 

Loew's 116th St, New York 

An absurd attempt rather than 
an accepted fact. Interesting enough 
material for a sketch, 'but botched. 
Hobart Bosworth and Robert Ede- 
•son*3oreen-and--spe'ak«wellr. . 

But the dialog passed evidently 
uncensored, so it sounds like a Ho- 
boken revival. As a result the cus- 
tomers in this house began to laugh 
and never stopped until the piece 
finished 20 minutes later. 

Dime novels don't come any betr 
ter tlian this one. 

No chance with any except for- 
oiftn Language audiences.- Others 
will kid it. Jfori. 



FOX MOVIETONE NEWS 
Reel 35— A, B, 0 
Z7 Mins.; 

Projeotion Room, New York 

Not so many laughs this week, 
and at a time when the sound news 
reels have made it their business to 
pack more, comedy than two-reel 
shorts built expressly for that pur- 
poas.'- '. ■..',' .' .... ■-. .' • .•..'.'. 
.-Thp' wdy some' of the soimd. and 
sight boys have been staging 'thein 
shots makes them 'almost - eligible 
for- megaiphone ' wielding on the lot 
-propPTi Olv'e a news team a couple 
of . b'argalning natives In a foreign 
market . place, and they'll plant a 
laugh In high comedy manner. Or a' 
four-yearrOld kid recite "Mary Had 
a' ' liHttle I,amb," preferably ' a girl 
who lisps. Or a society' woman 
who'll p'bsia' In "pajeunas ' and say, 
"Pajamas are out. of style except for 
beach' 'wear,'" just to get her map on. 
the sheet' Or a Eu'rop'ean king' who, 
thinks ' the -U. S. Is one grand spot, 
b'ut'hls' o'wn country a better one.- 
Or . millionaires', sons who work for 
a. living, telling how really, hard. tliey 
work to pay oil their- owii debts via 
soUnd camera, when It's jiist an-' 
pther; flotation coming. - Or the! 
many other geigs they've pulled in 
the past and may use again in the 
future. 

The comedy boys must ha,ve .had 
an off week.. ..They're too .serious In 
No: ^6. . When Queen 'Marie .says, in' 
Reel- A,-Hhat'iah6'd'"16v'«' to'cpm'e over 
'hcir&agalnMt's.alaugb only to t-hose 
v^ho -rem'emlier .thpJlaat time.' 

r; '■, • ' ■., ■. .'A '.;' .:' 

, , King George lis 'welcomed home to 
Wln'ds6r after ' convalescing- .at th.e 
Sto' sh6rer Filled streets aiid parade 
stuff. No close one' of the monarch,! 
but a peachy -shot 'of the road lead-. 
Ing to the castle, cheering .masses, 
along; the .sides,- top to-bottom.- Theyi 
love - their . king. -. And unrestricted! 
wine. . Many over here would take 
oiie to get the other. 

Squire, camera; Mann, sound.' 

Queen'Marle doesn't get the entire, 
shot allotted 'tP' Roumanla. The 
8-year-old king of that land. Marie's 
grandson, Is caught reviewing a 
parade, and later in the garden with 
granny. A pair of kings In A. 

Pebal, camera; Lopez, sotuid. 

Bill TUden, Francis Hunter and 
Helen Wills In tennis matches In 
France. Usual court shots enhanced 
by actual sound. 

Fesneau, ' camera; Wentworth. 
sound, - 

OregPn girts log-rolling in bathing 
suits...., Thiy. scream when they fall. 
.3^he' btitfltis are best at first, the log". 
fplUng '.'.getting Interesting toward 
the'eh'd'. .. ' .. " , ■ , " .'. . 

Hall,.'C.amera;; Forem^, sound. ; 

The > ' ictfampton ' Coluinbia -. 'orew, 
taking h on"the chtn 'Sr^ His^^i 
in the Menley; -Talo;:- Pehnsj^lvanlif' 
and Princeton In 'the van. Noisy 
and active. ' ' 

Painter and Davis, camera; A. 
Tice and Powley, sound. 

B 

Pope Plus' personal army, the one 
that guards -the 'Vatican, in a drill 
on thCi grounds. . Bright uniforms 
and- ''dear Impression of rythmid 
footbeats. 

'ViUani, camera; Jordan, sound. 

Helpn Meany fancy diving In a 
natural pool In Bermuda. In slow 
motion to give ybii an Idea how it'S 
done. Between each stunt Miss 
Meany napies the next one. Beauti- 
ful backgrojind. 

Hammond, camera; Walz, sound. 

One of those staged market place 
arguments, this one set at a cattle 
fair in Macroon, County Cork. Two 
side-whiskered boys who put on 
verbal battle over sale of a mule 
and sound like a pair of old-time 
Irish comics In cross-fire In "one." 
Later on another pair hold a con- 
versation in Gaelic, spreading on the 
personality grin for the cameramen. 

Gelsel, camera; Woolley, souiid. ' 

Lieut Tomllnson of the navy 
traveling at 176 miles an hour in 
race over the Potomac. Natural 
roar .6f an airship Is surp-flre sound 
material, alWaysI -In this scene also' 
the obvious rate of speed. 

Pergola and Waldron, camera; 
Upton and Cummlngs, sound. 

West Point parade In honor of 
President Green of the A. F. of L. 
Usual, but for Green's address. 

Davis, camera; Powley, sound. 
C 

Re-enactment by the 2d Corps 
Area. (Stateo Island) of the battle 
of .Cantlgny;- thrilUnig. stuff, though 
a strain on the camera's tin ears. 
One long round of gun fire. Men 
falling realistically. Camera facing 
the smoking guns, best 

Brace, camera; Rein, sound. 

Air flight" over New Tork City, 
with a commercial air line given a 
plug. M M. McCloukey Is the pilot 
-and talking guide. 

Prangley, camera; Grignon, sound. 

Goat farm In New Mexico. Baby 
goat business of the sort generally 
classified as "cute." Cubs, puppies, 
kittens and babies always reliable 
newsreel subjects. 

Herbert, camera; WlkIng, sound. 

Winner of the national debate be- 
fore U. S. Supreme Court, Ben 
SwniKo£d,„Kaaaaa-i3iljr«_fieU£gi?)._a 
few of his smartest cracks. His 
diction perfect, but mugging terrible. 

Waldron, camera; Cummlngs, 
sound. 

Indian residents of New York 
observing the birthday of Buddha 
on , a city rooftop. Chanting and 
rituals, so facetiously done to 
dispel doubts as to staging. C.amori 
probably caught them before or 
after the private cerem.on7. Closing 



ON WITH THE SHOW 

(ALL DIALOG) 
(With Songs and Technicolor) 

Warner Bro3. production and release, En- 
tirely In Technicolor. . Directed by Alan 
Crosland. I>ances and numbers staged by 
Ijanr Cebelloa. Cameraman, Tony Oaudlo. 
Story by Humphrey Pearson; adapted by 
Robert Lord. -Songa by Harry Aksc and 
Grant Clarke. Western jSlectrlc (Vltapbone) 
process. Opening May 28 at Winter Gar- 
den; ' New'TorlC'-twlce dally-rua- at %i top. 
Running time 2 hours. 

JNlta t V Bo tty Compson 

Sarah • Louise Fazenda 

Kitty '. ..'....;6ally O'Nell 

Ike -. :'...Joe E. Brown 

Sitm Bloom Pumell B. Pratt 

Jimmy ..".wnilam Bakewoll 

Twins Fairbanks Twins 

Durant ...;Wheeler Oakman 

Jerry ". .- .'Sam Hardy 

Dad Thomas Jefterson 

Pets - Lee Moran 

Joe Rarry Orlbbon 

Harold.... Arthur Lake 

Harold's tlancee Josepblne Houston 

Father Henry Kink 

Ben..... otto Hoffman 

Bttel Waters ....Hthel Waters 

Harmony "4 Quartette. . .Harmony Quartette 

Fo'ur Covans Four Covans 

Angelus Babe Angelas Babe 

Plenty of - entertaininent and other 
things In Warners' "On With the 
Show." Principally .of the other 
things are drama, m'elodrama and 
the romance of the story all going 
Pn backstage while the picture pre- 
sents Its see and hear sight of a 
musical cornedy on the stage. This 
leaves the talker as a whole over- 
loaded with, each, including~-t^' tPo 
-heavy -coloring -at times. This too 
much makes the film too long in 
running. Whoever tackles' the cut- 
ting job of reducing its- two hours 
for- the regular houses is in for no 
'picnic';'. 

- ' Rating! this picture ' as ■ a clncb 
-for ' ftny ', picture house and prob- 
ably, due tox a run. at, the Winter 
.Garden - at . Its $2 . -top- on the 
strength of the novel natural color- 
ing alone, that alt ' coloring gives 
the film Its leading topic of notice. 

Warners are tile first of the talk- 
ers.- othei> ci*e'dlts d'ue.aVe a first 
also for: operetta- as with "The 
Desert Song" and now again an- 
other first for Its Initial ' all-colored 
musical "On With the Show." . So 
the Warners continue. leading -with 
talking Innovations. Ajibther'knbwn 
first remains, that to 'be' the ex- 
panded screen for a full leiig:th 'fea- 
ture. 

All color as gauged by this . 'War- 
ner film Immediately b.ecp.mto ' Im- 
portant. That coloring, is ;dbmlnat- 
ing for musicals was >roiight.:out 
in the single scene holdlrigr it 'In 
Metro's "Broadway Mejodyi'^ QJltW- 
Ing continuously as a rule tf'nd any 
way. in the dramatic dr-'8tra;ii£E'^'lc^- 
i-tUre stories,, siich ' aS '..were -oolered- 
.hl;. the 'slle'nts; becomes wearisome, 
i&'kinto^an eye strain. I>^p.t .so^hera, 
'1i6'w'eve'c,.'eX£ei;ktlhgL.perlutps 'ftmlilio 
.heayXj^ sliadln?.., given toulse ■'"^a.i 
jzep'(ia.;^i^dOhiBr'i-ed mvp. Flesh colj^ 
6rin^l$i)so at times too prominent 
perhaps due to makeup. 

Saying that the talkers are young 
enough to be advanced by expert 
mentation of engineers or directors 
Is true, for -here is the coloring, a 
decided^ stept Place "On With the 
Show" with Its color on an extended 
screen and It muse* be a whale of 
a picture. That m^y be. visualised 
by anyone \ who, saw the il. C./'A., 
Photophone's demonstration of - the 
George Sppor huge screen in New 
Tork a couple of weeks ago. This 
picture Ideally suitable for the ex- 
panded screen, as tt ls (mostly of 
large ensembles in the stage playing 
portion. 

Spoor's device screen extending 
across the entire proscenium was 
of glass. Just how that could be 
contracted Isn't known, if It could 
be. But the huge screen that may 
stand expansion or contraction, to 
take in the groupings or extended 
for closeups . of from one to five 
persons in their scenes, or In other 
words adapting an elasttcally built 
screen to the story, will give the 
talkers another Impetus. 

"On With the Show" would have 
been a -magnificent plcturizatlon on: 
the big sheet. It could then have 
avoided the too numerous rangy- 
shots now existing on the standard 
size. They keep; the stage -peopl'e 
at too long a distance on the .'film, 
and in a picture house where the 
majority of the patrons are far re- 
moved from the screen as It Is. 

Tet with its drawbacks and Its 
length, the film is Impressive, both 
as an entertainment and as -a talker. 
It. was talking' a chance to throw 
Into It as much extraneous matter 
as has been done, the Inner story 
angles backstage. They are con- 
tinually moving in and out of the 
picture Itself. That IS one of the 
obstacles to the cutting. Were a 
staged number bit to go out here. It 
would carry with it a portion of the 
Inner story continuity In dialog, 
without any spot, left.-whpre. that 
particular allotment of story dia- 
log could be fitted. 

This becomes evident as the 
mostly melodramatic tale unfolds In 
the wings or dressing' ropm. . It 
starts with a musical on Its break 
in date and flat. The backer has 
walked. He was on the make for 



is a line-up of the feminine de- 
votees. One might get by on the 
Columbia runway. 

'Vaughan, camera; J. P. Gleason, 
iound. 

War canoe races among the young 
women of a Mas^achusetto.s seml- 
r..ir.v. Morp sri-cnming.' ' Filler. 

L. Ellis, <jamer'j,; A. Jone**, .-ioiind. 

Jiij'. 



the coat room girl, the court rodm 
girl and chief usher (boy) being 
shoved into the plot 

Intertwined the hold up of the. 
box olfice on the only night It held 
any real money, with everyone sus- 
pected by a comedy dick. Thief 
finally disclosed as the old doorman, 
whose daughter is the coat room 
girl, with the entire Broadway house 
staff of the theatre seemingly 
traveling to the out of town date In 
their customary places. ImmaterisU 
though to lay audiences. 

With another twist the prima 
donna, unreveaied wife of the 
backer, refuses to go on in the sec- 
ond act unless her two weeks' 
$1,600 overdue salary Is paid forth- 
with, an ' impossible feat on any 
break in date. With the prima 
donnalng wife then discovering her 
Iiusband -angel started everything 
because the coat room girl turned 
him. 

Meanwhile the stage show is pro- 
ceeding, the entire action occurring 
during it, enough to give Chris Mor- 
ley a couple of more old-fashioned 
meliers. 

The stage portion Is mainly num- 
bers. More than customary doses 
of girls, with' several. 'songs and a 
specialist without part In the plot. 
Ethel Waters, colored. Miss Waters 
has . two song^,- "I'm Blue'-' . -and 
"Bimilngham Bertha." Preferred is 
the 'lBlue" song" for that sounds like 
i" selling hit, though Harry Askt, 
who ■ wrote in ' collaboration with 
Grant Clarke on the lot prefers 
"Bertha." These two writers wrote 
all of the numbers, Warner- Witmarlt 
publishing. A couple of. the other 
songs sound quite good, especially 
what is probahly the theme song, 
and "^fwo LlpS" as sung by Henrj- 
Flnk is a good general number, with 
Mr..- Fink reputed Pne of the - busiest 
ghost lingers in Hollywood. Here, 
however, he is singing in- person 
under a character dls'guise and must 
do a little bit of acting. 

Sally . O'Nellv has .the" sympathetic 
Ingenutsh part .a^ thp coat room 
girl who won't go .-wrong',- wants to 
act. and 'IS; In love with the ushering 
boy.' He wants to marry her wher 
the - coat rpom ' holds. 60 hats mor« 
than usual. ' Mies O'Nell got hei 
chance just as they copped the old 
man copping the - dough; She sang 
the theqrp.-song- and her voice didn't 
souqd greatly different than when 
Betty Cq5(ip5pn, . the. burn up wife 
also sang ;the. number.' 

IiUss -.^pmpson does very well 
-aS the prima whp,..4^ows how tc- 
han^e .a produper.' Miss Fc^zends 
'^et8,a;.taugh np'w.and>then, as doe^ 
|iMJe^S.• 'BrpTOi,J.'wttti .iftrbwn's role 
and laughs ' llitilted 'W the script. 
Arthur Liiee^ilS-ithe)-' tishw, rattier 
:g6od lait tlln'es' when he's'.- Arthur 
•■■Iiafee,|.:. K-ii. • > ' 

','VLee;:MoTa!h as Pete, "I<rops," It 
riefht at the:top for work, with Sam 
Hardy giving a first-class perform- 
ance aa the harried producer. 

In the show proper the Fairbanks 
Twins dance nicely and also have 
some rough twin stuff back stage 
with dialog. They talk all right 
Cast very evenly balanced, a strong 
factor in the good average per- 
formance in front and behind. 

Larry Ceballos did a lot with the 
numbers, thPugh the jumble of the 
long shots does not bring all of the 
movements out as they should be. 
His stair starring ensemble of notice 

Alan Crosland has done a class A ' 
directorial job. The way he speeded 
up the action with the Inserts 
carries the many stories In a manner 
not to hold sight on any one moment 
too long. Considerable of the front 
stage matter could have been boiled 
down though, and cutting would not 
have Injured several back stage 
scenes. These are the spots likely 
where the cut will go for the regular 
house length, with that handicap of 
how to cut With' dialog preserved 
still entering. 

"On With the Show," with its 
coloring and potentialities for talk- 
ers, will give anyone understanding 
pictures lots to think over. Sime. 



FATHER AND SON 

(6Sf»/. DIALOG) 
Columbia production and release. Directed 
by Erie C. Kenton, starring Jack Holt 
Sound and dialog on Western Electric disk 
Story by Elmer Harris; dialog written by 
Frederic and Fanny Hatton, continuity by 
Jack TowTiley; cameraman, Teddy Totzloff 
Musical . scpr«: .by Constantlne Bakalelnl- 
kpff. '. Theme Bong, "Dear Little Boy of 
MInS," published by WItmark. Runnlnjr 
time, er minutes. At the Embassy, New 
Tork, June 3, tor a two-a-day run. Scale 
$1.B0. 

Prank' Fields jack Holi 

Grace 'Moor«'. ; Dorothy Revler 

Jimmy Fields Mickey McBar 

Mary "White Helens Chadwlck 

Anton tiebau Wheeler Oakman 

Significant picture for a number 
of. reasons. Okay for first runs, 
easily. 

Oho reason is that it is among 
the early important contrlbutlon.<- 
to the new sound technique by an 
independent; another is the distin- 
guished writers who are concerned 
in its creation. But more than these, 
the production is the first that 
comes to mind that could not have 
been scre ened without the use of 
'sduTuF=nigr~lr' t o Bay , " the u rtlu u- ^- 
late screen is the only medium tliat 
could have given this particular 
story its present treatment. 

This circumstance is Important 
Most of tlje really effective sound 
and dLilog pictures so far have been 
taken over bodily from the stage 
and their screening has been largely 
a straight transcription of tlio £oot- 
(Coritlnued on page 29) 



16 



VARIETY 



PICT U R E S 



Wednesday, Jjine 5, 1929 



Chicago M. P. Stsige Hands Startiiig 
As Booth Operators-Union s Oby 



Chlcaero, June 4. 

Local motion picture operators' 
onion, headed by Tom Maloy has 
put to work 11 stxise hands In pic- 
ture booths and la breaking In more 
than 80 others for operator's Jobs. 

Movement was started several 
we^ks ago by Maloy, when It was 
learned that picture house stage 
shows will be out before long, leav- 
ing the stage hands without em- 
ployment. 

It is expected that other locals of 
the operators' union will hook up 
with sta^ boys in the same way 
througl:' .it the country. 



DixandRKO 



Although Richard DIx and the 
publicity department told the world 
A week ago that the star had joined 
Radio pictures and would leave for 
the West Coast within a few days 
thereafter, Dlx yesterday (Tues- 
day) bad signed no contract 

Hytlt Daab, publicity, director, de- 
nted that there was any hitch, i>ut 
also said that Jos. Schnitzer wanted 
nothing more said' about Dlx un^il 
the contract has: been signed. 



Just Careful! 



Los Angeles, June *. 

Alice White i» Btlll figuring 
out ways to protect her money 
from designing forgers. 

Aside from a copper. etching 
of the actress* face appearing 
in the upper left-hand comer 
of her checks, a series of num- 
bers, to . be used on certain 
days, graces the opposite cor- 
ner. No cbecks are Issued on 
Fridays or the 13th of any 
month, and all must be coun- 
tersigned by a business man- 
ager. 

Miss White now wants her 
bank to install the fingerprint 
system as a means of furtKer 
protection. 



HACK smECTma "gasq" 

Lbs Angeles, June 4, 
Robert McOowan, director of 
Roach's Our Gang for seven years, 
will in. future only direct four of 
the yearly 12. He will supervise 
the unit. 

Anthony Hack, nephew of Mc- 
Gowan, and associated with him 
for three years, will direct the ma- 
jority. McGowan will take & long 
vacation. 



JULIAN DIBECTIHG FOB U 

Los. Angeles, June 4 
Rupert Julian will return to Uni- 
versal OB a dlrectof. ^ He was re- 
cently released ^rom M-O after 
working three days on a picture. 

Julian wlU direct Joseph Schild- 
kraut in "The Mississippi Oambler" 
starting Aug. 1. 



Keith's New FOm Baying 
Cotp^ in Name and Buyer 

Radio-Kelth-Orpheum Film Book- 
ing Corporation haa been incor- 
porated, to supplant the old Peer- 
less; Booking Office as picture pur- 
chasing bu'reiau for Keith's. 

Renaming accompanies the recent 
general change In Keith's film de- 
partment and. appointment of Jules 
Levy; formerly with First National 
end Universal, as head film booker 
for the circuit. 

Keith's new central buying plan 
for films- has gone Info .effect. Pic- 
ture product for the entire circuit 
is now purchased in New York and 
not divisionally as In the past. 

John O'Connor, succeeded by Levy 
as chief buyer^ remains in New 
Tork as the latter's assistant. Nat 
Wolf, who formerly booked the 
films for Keith's western territory, 
is Levy's assistant in that section, 
stationed in Chicago. . 

The nominally new bureatt will 
occupy the Peerless oiBces in the 
Bond building. 



Keaton in Muetcal 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Buster Keaton's first musical 
comedy picture for M-G-M will be 
"His Royal Highness." 

Edward Sedwlck directing. 



Radio Holds Ruagles 

Los Angeles, June 4, 
Wesley Ruggles has been retained 

by Radio under a new agreement. 
First assignment will be "The 

Very Idea," all-talker. 



SulKvan, U'c Scenario Heait 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
C. Gardner Sullivan has been 
made scenario chief at Universal 
J. G. Hawks resigned. 



Sally Eilers' Extra Four 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Sally Ellors stays with Pathe for 
four more talking pictures. 
It's on a new conti-act 



Five-Year Contracts 

For Par-Publix Men 



Five-year contracts are being Is- 
sued from the .account by Para- 
mount and FuUlIx to many of their 
staffs. 

No special reason is assigned for 
the agreements at this time, unless 
a wish by the two afilUated compa- 
nies that the staff men shall feel 
assured their positions are a per- 
manency. 

Both Paramount and Publlx arv 
highly rated In man po'wer. 



Takes Neilan Studios 

IiOB Angeles, June 4. 
Fred J. Balshofer, .as .head of 
Radlotone Pictures Corp., has taken 
over the old Marshall Nellan studios 
on Glendale' Boulevard and is re- 
vamping, the stages for sound; Bals- 
hofer, a picture bldtlnier, expects to 
be reaAy to start oh production late 
in June. He is writing the story 
and' dialog himself. 



LAEMHLE'S ASSISTABT 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Stanley Bergman, assistant mer- 
chandising manager of the May 
Company, local department store, 
has becopue personal assistant id 
Caxl Laemmie and will ac(jompany 
Universai's prexy to Europe this 
month. 

Bergman recently, married ROsa- 
belle Laemimle. After learning the 
ropes he will ibecome an executive 
for U. 



Burn Up Night! 



Lps Angeles, June 4. 
Owing to the Ideas of wise 
cracking, actors, when asked to 
speak a few words 'over the. 
radio at local theatre openings, 
producers have resolved to 
confine this phase of the pre- 
miere .ceremonies to their- own 
players. 

. Action was largely brought 
about at the recent opening of 
"On With the Show" (WB), 
when several Fox players were 
invited to speak into the mike 
as they arrived. One said: "If 
it's a Fox picture, it's the best 
show In town," and another 
devoted* her minute to urging 
attendance at "Fox Follies." 



SHBIHEBS IN X. A. 

Lo3 Angeles, June 4. 

Shrlners' Convention brought 90,- 
000 vlsltora here this week from all 
sections of the country. Jamming the 
town. Hollywood and Beverly resi- 
dents are sticking close to their 
own sectors due to the Increased 
traffic crush. . 

Plenty of crazy driving here nor- 
mally without taking a chance on 
getting bumped off by the visiting 
good time Charlies. 

Due to the limited police force 
motorcycle cops are working 12 
hour shifts and handing out many 
Shubert passes. 



VAN BEUllEN'S MABBIAGE DA^ 

Amedee Van Beuren a couple of 
hours after his marriage Saturday, 
walked Into the Aesop Fables head- 
quarters. 

In less than 'five minutes he de- 
posed Paul Terry, the orlgrlnator of 
the script, and placed John Foster 
in charge. 



2d Marriage 

- Los Angeles, June 4. 

Jacqueline Logan married Harry 
Winston, local broker, for the sec- 
ond time Sunday. 

First marriage didn't take be- 
cause the bride's final divorce de- 
cree had not been handed down at 
the time the initial ceremony took 
place. 



-Connie Bennett Resumes 

Los Angeles, June 4.' 
Constance Bennett, who has Just 
come back to the Coast, will play 
opposite Robert Armstrong In "The 
Racketeer" for Pathe. 



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Each set a complete unit, as presented at Wisooniin Theatre, 
Milwaukee, Wis. 

Gommunicate AT ONCE with 
E. J. WEISFELDT, Wisconsin Theatre, Milwaukee, Wis. 



SLIM MARTIN 

MASTER OF CEBEaiOKIES 
~WESf*C0A5"rTHEATftert;ONQ-BEACHrGALIFi- ^ 



8 Dancing Feet 

Featuring 

HOKBIS ALTMAN JIIII.rE AARONSON 

" "OIINNY— PATCHES . AND CB.\X-JOEV 
Festored In FUiehon and Marco's "Bows and Beaux" Idea 



TIT£E DISPUTE 

Lios, Angeles, June 4, 
Warners and Universal became 
Jammed up on titles when both 
firms sel^te4 "Evidence" for plC' 
ture title. Each company protested 
to the Hays organization, Warners 
winning. Title will be used on a 
Pauline Frederick film. 

Universal has changed Laura La- 
Plante's "Evidence" to "Love Trap." 



Technicolor Undertakes 
Program of Expansion 

Technicolor, Inc., has notified Its 
stockholders of a program of ex- 
pansion to care for business already 
contracted. Variety has called At- 
tention lately to a shortage of Tech- 
nicolor equipment on the Coast. 

Program calls for two additional 
plants In Hollywood and a third 
factory in Boston. Letter says these 
additions are to be financed out of 
current Income without sale of addi- 
tional stock. 

Communication . points out that 
facilities have been enlarged only as 
business under contract required, a 
system that- has influenced pro- 
ducers to contract well ahead. 

Letter also announces tliat com- 
pany lias purchased all but 3,410 
shares of the preferred stock and 
the remainder will be called for re- 
demption June 17. There then will 
be nothing ahead of the ' common 
stock. Purchase of preferred and 
redemption of remainder was ar- 
ranged out of sui-plus. 



Langdon's Two-Reelers 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Harry- Langdon will be starred by 
Hal Roach in two-reel comedies for 
three years at the rate of eight a 
year. 

New unit takes the place of the 
all-star group, dissolved, and be 
gins work immediately. 



FIB8T NATIONAL'S COLOE 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Colleen Moore's "Footlights and 
Fools" will be First National's first 
subject to carry color sequences. 
"Sally," following Will be all color. 

Miss Moore started her picture 
Sunday night, another first time for 
this studio as regards the Sabbath. 



Jackie Ceogan All Right 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Jackie Coogan's condition was 
described as excellent at Glendale 
Hospital, fallowing an operation for 
acute appendicitis Sunday. 

Toyng Coog^ was take;) 111 Sat- 
urday. Two weeks ago while en 
route here from New Tork and 
while abroad he suffered similar at- 
tacks. 



Chandler Free- Lancing 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Lane Chandler will free lance 
after Juiie 6 when his Paramount 
contract, expires. . 

Chandler has been with Par for 
two years, making his first screen 
appearance with that company. 



"Liliom" Goes.. Back 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
M-G-M returns to Fox the script 
and rights to the Hungarian play, 
"Liltom," which It has had in its 
library for some time. 

Received It from Fox In exchange 
for another-story. 



Doubling Load 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

""'Radio has'SbuBIea'Tls stu"ai6'eTe5=' 
trlcal capacity during its recent ex- 
pansion. Plant now cai-rlcs load of 
198,000 volts. 

Total candlepowcr Is approxl 
mately 30,000,000. 



Ruggles On "Very Idea" 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Wesley Ruggles has been' as 
signed by Radio Pictures to- direct 
"The Very Idea," stage farce. 



STUDIO'S OBOAN 

Los Angela, June 4. 

First pipe organ to be installed 
on a studio lot goes to United Art- 
ists. Instrument will be a part of 
a permanent theatre to be built 
within walls of stage No. 3, now be- 
ing made sound-proof. 

Dimensions of structure are 132 
by 226 feet. 



Electric 00 Aggressive 
Now in Arbitration 



A softening attitude In Its arbi- 
tration charges against Western 
Electric is now being maintained at 
the .Warner headquarters. There It 
Is stated that there is now little to 
hold water in the original com- 
plaint; that Western has since ful- 
filled practically all of the terms, 
chief of which was th^ loss claimed 
by the brothers to -have been sus- 
tained due to the Eaectrlc's alleged . 
lethargy In manufacturing and In- 
stalling equipment. 

Although bints of a settlement In 
the Immediate offlng are dropped by 
a few WomiMltes, Western now 
seems to be assuming the aggres- 
sive stand. 

A spokesnian for Electric reacted: 

"There may be a reason for the 
Warners taking that point of view 
now.' Mr. 'Otterson's'last word is: 
We are going to see it through'."' 

Western is now . getting its case 
on the/ record, the Wai-ners having 
completed theirs before the adjourn- 
ment taken last fall until the past 
few weeks. 

Willie both sides are guarding the 
publicizing of testimony in the star 
chamber proceedings. Western stat- 
ing that it Is a genUeman's agree- 
ment to keep ' muni until the de- 
cision, it Is -understood that the 
chief point in the Electrlc's defense, 
and counter-charges, will be re- 
ported Warner relations with the 
promotion of the Pacent cheaper 
talker and Its connection with the 
Western license held by film pro- 
ducers providing that all talker pat« 
ents and talker improvements re- 
tained and discovered by licensees 
be turned over to the Electric. 



^^ilt Hart Talkinff 

^. I^'jAngeies, June 4. 
-WlUiam S. (Bill) £[fut will make 
a talking western for Hal Roach. 
Thelma Todd will be femme lead. 
Lambert Hlllyer and Roach will co- 
direct. 

This is Hart's first picture since 
"Tiimbleweeds." in 1926, for United 
Artists. Roach holds an option on 
further pictures. 

Exteriors at Lodge Grass, the 
Crow agency, and at Cody, Wyo. 
Distribution of feature not set. 



studio's Deputy Sheriffs 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

One of the first moves tp be made 
by Joe Rlley after taking over the 
Job as Chief of Police for Fox stu- 
dios was to have all his boys sworn 
In as Deputy -Sherl ITS of Los An- 
geles county. 

This Is the first time a studio has 
attempted -to affiliate their coppers 
with' that of the county police. 



COLtJliBIA'S QUINTET 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Columbia will put five pictures 
Into production this month, one of 
which is already well under way. 
Titles are "Light Fingers," "Broad- 
way Hoofer," "College Coquette," 
the Belle Baker film and "Flight." 
Latter,' aviation special, is already 
about up on all its exterior action. 

Charles Wilson and James Sey- 
mour, stage directors, are here from 
New Tork and will team with the 
silent directors at this studio. 



Scollard, Pathe Tress. 

Pat Scollard has been appointed 
treasurer of Pathe. 

He i^ also a director on the Pathe 
board. 

John Humm, with Pathe for 20 
years and who acted as treasurer 
preceded Scollard. 



MATUSandZITA 

FEATURING their novelty TAMBOURINE DANCE 

, . - ^' * M. "Tbni the Oate" Ide» 
lA»w'» State, LoA Anseles. Jue e. Thanz to Oaa FMter, Flo Belly 



WALTON LENORE 

FEATURED DANCERS 
In "Xhra the Oatm" Idea-rFancliM tt Marco 
loew's State, Ias Aaseles, June 8. .Hubs to <lae V^ter 



VINCE SILK 

Iji now ccrenioDy luoister at BotUevard Thealve. I>as AdbcIcs 
Tlinnz to Fonclipn and Uarco, J. i. Frdnklliir Bany Wallea, Que Foster aail 

Roy Ducerme 

— . JAUr-.TITSWORTH at tlie TIano 



CLI 


IFF CRANE 

DANCING COMEDIAN 




FETROFF'S .BNIT "FORE" 




Loew's Ohio, Columbus, June 8 


MAX TUBKER 


WILUAM MORRIS NAT KAI.rHKIM 



Wednesday, June 6, 1829 



VARIETY 



17 



CASH IN/ 

^Broadway may be hardboiled — but it will warm up to 
a good picture every time/ That^s just what happened 
when 'TATHER AND SON'' opened at a $2. top at the 
Embassy Theatre on Monday nights 

^ A big, human story, plus some of the most thrilling dialog 
ever recorded, plus a great cast headed by Jack Holt, 
Mickey McBan and Dorothy Revier^ these are some of 
the things which cause the picture- wise First Nighters to 
say ''Here's a GREAT Picturer' 

qHeart Interest? "FATHER AND SON'Ms filled with it^ 
Action? So fast it takes your breath away^ Box Office? 
When we say this Talking Picture is another Columbia 
clean-up you know it means record receipts^ 

^Your patrons will rave about Jack Holt and Mickey 
McBan* Men, women, children — theyll all want to see it 
again and again. They'll all give it the finest publicity in 
the world— word'of-mouth advertising. 

^Because Columbia is consistently delivering money 'making 
attractions the foremost First Run Theatres and the lar- 
gest circuits have already booked "FATHER AND 
SON''* Book it and - - - 



18 



V A B I B T T 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



MORTON 




v.. . .;. 




kindly requests that all communications be 
directed to his : exclusive . representative . 



T. Kemp, Jr. 

Hammerstein Theatre Building. . . 
1697 Broadway 

JVen* York 



Telmphone Columbus 4490 



Exclusive 

VICTOR ARTIST 



44 



Just Finished Second and Last 
Pathe Starring Vehicle 

LUCKY IN LOVE** 



Broadcasting each Friday over NBC network 
FOR THE HUDSON-ESSEX COMPANY 



Appearing Nightly at 12:30 
THE CASANOVA ROOF 



Wednesday, June 5, 19g9 



VARIETY 



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VARIETY 



P I C T U R ES 



Wednesday, June 5, 1828 



Exhib Suggests Goang of Houses 
Fw 3 Months to E»»pe More Loss 



Minneapolis, June 4. 

In an effort to' lower what he de- 
clares to be "ruinous prices" being 
charged by distributors for sound 
fllm and records, Ben Friedman has 
proposed to P. & R. that they close 
for a minimum of three months the 
houses which they own and operate 
together. 

The theatres are in the uptown 
districts of Minneapolis and 
throughout Minnesota and North 
and South Dakota. 

Friedman asserts that he would 
be "money ahead" by keeping the 
houses dark instead of continuing 
to submit to "exorbitant rental de- 
mands," which are piling up losses. 

As a typical instance to illustrate 
present operations, Friedman cites 
the case of the Homewood, one of 
his large and elaborate Minneapolis 
uptown houses, which has a dally 
nut of $2B0. In two days with Col- 
leen Moore in "Synthetic Sin," Ed- 
die Cantor in "That Certain Party" 
and a two-reel Edward Horton com- 
edy — an all-sound program — this 
theatre grossed {166, according to 
Friedman. The average dally loss 
at the Homewood alone, he declares. 
Is $60. 

"If we can't bring rentals down, 
there's only one thing left to do, and 
that Is to tear down the theatres 
and scrap them," asserts Friedman, 
"The property then can be used for 
other purposes." 

F. & R. have taken Friedman's 
proposal under, consideration, and a 
definite announcement will be forth- 
coming shortly. It Is stated. 



West Coast Division Mgrs. 
Uiicliaiigjeil; H. B. Franklin 



Harold B. F^hklin reached New 
York Monday, 'stopping ab 'the Bilt- 
more: H« was iretum to Los An- 
geles, the ' end ''of this week. 

Franklin states '. the "report In 
Variety , dt any intentloii by Fox's 
'Wesl^ CojEist to abandon .its division 
managerial system of theatre opera- 
tion is' lii «rror.' Ijlo such change is 
in contemplation, he stated; neither 
will Jack' Sulllvaiv's Fox'$ picture 
buyer on the coast,, remain, perma- 
nently in Mew Torli. 

Mr. Sullivan will return, to lids 
Angeles, resuming his picture pur- 
chasing duties for Fox. 



BENNY 




Breakini; All Records 
Marks Bros. Granada 
and 

Marbro TIieatre.i, 
Chicago^ III.* Indefinitely 



Like It or Not 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

New trafllc regulations at 
Fox Movietone City prohibits 
the entry of personally driven 
autos. All cars must be parked 
outside the studio walls, en- 
casing a 40-acre tract. 

In the event temperament 
forbids walking from the gate 
to the place of work, the per- 
son can engage an attendant 
to drive the car and return it 
to the parking station. 

Universal has also barred all 
loose cars off the lot. They 
must be parked In an allotted 
space. 



Warners Increase Product 
With 50^ Teclmicolor 



Lios Angeles, June 4, 
'Warners and First National will 
boost their production activities for 
'29-'30 from 36 to 40 pictures eacb 
Budget of $16,000,000 on each lot 

Plans coll for the employment of 
Technicolor In whole or In part in 
about 60 per cent of the product of 
each company. 

Jack 'Warner made these an- 
nouncements upon bis return here. 



Sleffes' Pro] 
Combine fitt Sflents Only 



Minneapolis, June 4. 

Independent theatre owners com- 
prising the Northwest Theatre 
Owners' Association have under 
consideration a plan of chain oi>er- 
atioh designed to lower fllm rentals 
add effect other economies and ad- 
vantages. The proposal emanates 
from Al Steffes, president of tlie 
association. 

Under the Steffes' proposal the 
houses would combine to buy their 
pictures 'and other supplies. An in- 
dividual ' or group chosen by the 
theatre owners would manage the 
chain and bpok all the Alms. 

If the chalni Anally 16' organized, 
Steffes suggests that It use only 
sHent Sim iintil 'such a time as the 
difitrlbutors. ' reduce ihelr "exorbi- 
tant and ruinous" pricies for '{he 
sound product, - 



Fan Club Grcuit 
In 19 Chi Hou^ 
Of Use in 2 Ways 



Chicago, June 4. 

Herbert Ellieburg, press and ex- 
ploitation man of the L&T circuit, 
h^ organized a number of fan clubs 
covering the 19 houses on the chain. 

Clubs admit adults and children 
aUke, who are given identification 
tags to individual bouses. 

It was found these clubs help in 
Judging type of entertainment pre- 
ferred by patrons, also increasing 
mailing lists. Clubs have been go- 
ing now for three weeks with the 
top^ bouse on the circuit showing 
over 400 members. 



W; C. Bliys lOOJS W. C, Jr. 

San Francisco, June 4. 
■ Fox's '"West Coast baa completed 
a 109 per cent buy of 'the" "West 
Coast^ Jr., circuit of 12 theatres on 
this coast. Formerly Fox held 50 
per cent in the houses, with oper- 
ating control. 

Harold B. Franklin, president of 
Fox "^eat Coast, closed the deal 
before recently leaving for the east, 



W. B. and Protectif e Ass'n 
Can't Stop Kid'sStageWork 



Chicago, June 4. 
'With Warner Bros, unable to se- 
cure an injunction restraining 
Davey Lee from making personal 
appearances at the Chicago and 
Uptown; on claims of* contract 
breaking, the . Illinois Children's 
Protective Association also stepped 
In but was met with a short Jab, 

Assofsiatlon ' aisked Corporation 
Coun^l Bt^elBori to "stop the cru- 
ctfbdlon of this.. Infant on the altar 
o^ pifbflt.'.^' Etteison replied the city 
law ' a^hst performing kids only 
rules against those dancing or do< 
)hg acrobatics.' ,Tlie state bo far 
has made no move t^ keep Dav^y 
out through the child labor law. 

At the Chicago this Juvenile w.as 
responsible for a $60,000 week. Also 
big at the Uptown this week. . 



AL&S ttOS£S SBOWBED 

' Los Angeles, June 4, 
Alan Moses, 33, cameraman for 
James Cruze, met his death by 
drowning while swimming Memo 
rial Day at Redondo Beach, 
Body was recovered yesterday. 



Par Buys "Mighty" 

Los Angeles, June 4 
Paramount has purchased "The 
Mighty," original by Robert N. Lee 
for George Bancroft. 'William 
Slavens McNutt and Grover Jones 
will adapt and John Cromwell will 
direct it. 



"Light Fingers" Leads 

Antonio Moreno and 'Dorothy Rc 
vier win do the lead roles in Co 
lumbia's next all-talker, "Light 
Fingers," original. 

Joseph Henabery. will direct. 



Leads for Dancing 

George Lewis and Barbara Kent 
will lead in UnlversaVs "Keep "On 
Dancing," to go into production' 
next season. 



James Seymour, Now Columbia 

James Seymour until recently 
with Pathe handling dialog has gone 
Columbia. 

He left for the coast Friday. 




and 




Tear Gas Throwers 

Caught in the Act 

Pawtucket, R. I., June 4. 

Frank McMurray and Anna La- 
vlgne of Providence, were caught In 
the act of releasing tear gas In the 
Capitol, Sunday night; They were 
arrested and released on ball, 

'With the spreading of the gas 
someone yelled Are. There was a 
stampede for the exists. Many were 
hurt but none seriously. Maxwell 
Melincoff, house manager, was 
burned by the fumes. 

E. M. Loew, who owns the house, 
one of a New EnglAn^ circuit, said 
that it was the same couple who 
committed similar outrages In Dor- 
chester, 'Worcester and New Bed- 
ford, within the last month and tliat 
the union in 'Worcester was paying 
the gas throwers because he refused 
to Join the group. 

Suits for damages, have already 
been started by some of the patrons 
of these theatres b.ecause of'lnJu-<' 
ries resulting from the gas, Loew 
stated. 



Pnblix Coast Operator 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Charles Ktirtzman, who Joined 
Publlx as a press agent a little 
more than three years ago, has 
been appointed Pacific Coast diS' 
trlct manager. He replaces Ralph 
E. Crabill, who has been called back 
to the New York home office as 
assistant to Sam Katz. 



Lobby Stickup 

Pittsburgh, June 4. 

A well-dressed man walked into 
the "Victor theatre lobby, McKeeS' 
port, approached Isaac 'Victor, own- 
er, pointed a gun at him and *de 
manded his bundle. 'Victor handed 
over $300, representing the day's 
receipts. 

Bandit made a clean escape. 



"YOUTH-^PEEDu-PEP" 

FEATURED DANCERS WITH PUBLIX "CHINATOWN" UNIT 

First to featore 'tlie seBBdtioniil fTap Toe" dance at the Qrlontal Theatre during 
. -our engaEfiment there loat weelt . 

tkis w^Ek (jvUe 1 )— haAding, Chicago 

Direction MAX nAI.rKRIN, WII.UAM MOnRIS OFFICE 
R-KwO AK«iit. HARH'V DANFORTJI 



WABDEBS' 12 HOUSES 

In a territory already covered -by 
their Stanley chain to the point 
where, it has been ottidally conced 
ed, about 76. houses will have to be 
lopped off in order to eliminate aelf' 
competition, among other things, the 
Warners have added the 12 Silver' 
man houses. 

The deal was closed last week 
after lengthy dlckerings with Jake 
and Ike Silverman for the houses 
which were spotted in Pennsylvania 
and Ohio. 



U Men Changing Countries 

Al Szekeler, with Universal in 
Brazil, has gone to Germany as ass't 
to Joe Freedman, U's foreign gen 
mgr. 

Leo-Beranr-for-U-ln-Argentina-foru 
five years, succeeds Szekeler in 
Brazil. 



St. Clair on "Night Parade" 

On the completion of Radio Pic- 
turiBs "City Streets." Mai St: Clair 
will direct "Nfght Parade," iill-telk 
cr. 

It is froin the legit play "Ring 
side," written by Hyatit Daab, Ted 
Paramore and George Abbott, 



Waivers Pjadi^ Smaller Stanley 
Houses in Corp. for Indu Operation 



OFEBA HAT GIFTS 



Dave Loew and Dave Blum, 
upon their return from Europe, 
notified over 20 employees of 
M-Q-M and Loew's to come to 
Dave Lioew's offices. 

Each of the employees upon 
reaching the office, some with 
apprehension, were presented 
with a folding op^ hat 
bought In Paris. 

M-G-M's opening nights In 
the future will have 'a Conti- 
nental aspect. 



Pnhlix Dist Mgrs. Meet 



Des Moines, June 4, 
At the district managers' conven- 
tion, of the Publlx Theatre held ^t 
the Hotel Fort Des : Moines, ' the 
house managers and officers In at- 
tendance met Arthur B. Mayer of 
New York, general director of 
Publlx Theatres of the north cen- 
tral division, and Harry Da'vld, In 
the territory for several years, made 
division 'manager over Illinois, 
Iowa and Nebraska. 

Nate Frudenfeld, district man- 
ager for Des Moines and Omaha, 
has been transferred as district 
manager over Cedar Rapids, Rock 
Island, 'Waterloo and Davenport. 

Everett Cummings, district man- 
ager for the territory Frudenfeld 
assumes, will be district manager 
over Des Moines, Omaha, Council 
Bluffs, Sioux City and Newton, 
Iowa territory. 



Philadelphia, June 4. 
Smaller houses now part of the 
'Warner- Stanley chain, in which 
"W-S does not own 100 per cent, or 
for other reasons, may be segregat-- 
ed by Spyres Skouras, the "Warnei: 
theatre operator. They are to be op- 
erated Independently of the main 
body, but remaining a "Warner sub- 
sidiary. 

A corporation reported probably 
formlne: for this purpose may be 
called the 'Warner Equity Corpora- 
Uon. 

Number of houses Skouras will 
decide upon for the new inner cir- 
cuit is not mentioned. It is in the 
nature of a house cleaning sAiong 
houses, to remove tlie drid^ood 
from the principal chain, leaving the 
latter free of operation without con- 
sideration' for the smaller theatres. 

While not altogether along the 
lines of d similar movement started 
by Publlx some time ago, to rid it- 
self of useless .houses, the idea is 
about the . same. 



Battle Over BUIing, 
With Unkm Suspected 

bmaha, Juiie 4. 
W. D. Fleok, p. a. for the World 
theatre and five other 'employees 
were beaten- up In a row- with men 
SEild to Me hired by the Billposters' 
Union; ' 

Posted all over town were one and 
elght-sheeta reading,. ."Do Not 
Patronize the World Theatre." 
When these signs were discovered 
by the theatre people, they formed 
two groups and went around paint- 
ing out .the. words "Do. Not." This 
brought <^ a pitched battle. 

The trouble started when the 
World 'fired Its billposter 'and 'nialled 
its, cards for store windows. . 

Detectives are inveBtieatiln||iiand 
tjie 'dhlef of Police says-riflKore 
rough'wjbrk will be toltratedj^Gen- 
eral outdoor advertising men have 
also been warned to lay off or be 
fired. 



SOOIUl&N FOUCE CHIEF 

'Sacramento, June [4. 
Ross Laughrah, head doormap of 
the Fox Senator here, api^ointed 
Night Chief of Police of North Sac- 
ramento. 



Martin With De Forest 

Chicago, June 4. 

Fred Martin, former office man» 
ager of United Artists exchange 
here, has resigned to go with the 
local Do Forest Phonofilm office as 
sales manager. 

Martin bos been replacq^ by 
George Kramer. ' ^ 



HABBT CHAHNAS BACK 

Han-y Chamas, after a long ill- 
ness siege, has returned to his for- 
mer post as general manager of 
Warners' Winter Garden, Central 
and Warners theatres. New Tfork, 
also the "Noah's Ark" road shows. 

Subbing for Charnas In directing 
the houses, Harry M. Kalmine Is re- 
turning to the post he left. New 
Jersey division mgr. for Wamer- 
Stanley-Fablan. 



CarriMo as "Mr, Antonio" 

TlfCany-Stahl has ' secured screen 
rights to "Mr. Antonio." 

Leo Carrillo will start work on 
this within two weeks as the first 
of four talkers for the company. 

U.'s "Melody Lane" 

Universal has changed the title 
of Eddie Leonard's picture from 
"Harmony Lane" to "Melody Lane." 



"Too many partleA and too many 
palHl" 

JARRETT 



AND 



USTE 

Two OIfIr With Two MegaphoDC« 



GEORGIA 
LANE 

DANCERS 
Featvred In Fiancbon and Marco's 
"RHXTHM" Idea 



ROSE 




Featored In FANCHON and MARCO'S 
"COTTAGE SMALL" IDEA 



Synehroniiatian ^ Talliittg Shorts 
SmmA Pwctuvet 

Scnvd^d Meets Added^to Sh^ 

* Lease of Studios Available — Day and Night Service 

Stanley Recording Co. of America 

INCORPORATED 
1841 Broadway — New York City 



COLUMBUS 3181—3182 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



VARIETY 



21 




THE OA/LV PROFIT- 
SHARING WHEEL 







THAT 

CURTAIN 

ALL TALKING 
FOX MOVIETONE FEATURE 

with 

WARNER BAXTER ' LOIS MORAN 
GILBERT EMERY 

Philip Strange 

Directed by IRVING CUAWt^lNGS 

' SCOTLAND YARD plays a trump hand in this 
Amazing mystery love drama from the novel by 
Earl Oerr Biggers— one of the five best telling 
novels of the year. 



The 

Black Watc 

AU TALKING MEIODV MEIOORAMA 

wilh ViaOR McLAGLEN 

MYRNA lOV . ROY D'ARCY « OAVJO ROUINS 
LUMSDEN HARE ' DAVID TORRENCE 
CYRIL CHAOWICK 



PLAYING GAIETY, 
or extended rund K 




WORDS 

and. 

MUSIC 

»AU TALKING AU SINGING AU DANCING 
COUEGIATE MUSICAL COMEDY 
with 

LOIS MORAN DAVID PERCY 

Muaic mnd Lyrica hy 



DAVE STAAtPER «mf 
WaUAM KERNEU 

Dle^ted by 

JAMES TINUNG 



Bn9»mbfe» by 
EDWARD ROYCC 



MASQUERADE 

FOX MOVIETONE ALL TALKING FEATURE 
uxih ALAN BIRMINGHAM " LEILA HYAMS 

CLYDE COOK 

ARNOLD LUCY FARRELL MacDONAlD 

From LOUIS JOSEPH VANCFS NOVEL 
"The Brats Bowl" 
Dialog and Adaptation bj 
FREDERICK HAZUH BRENNAN and 
MAICOIM STUART BOYLAN 
Stat»d by LUMSDEN HARE 
Dincled by 

FUSSELLBIRDV^ELL 



MOVIETONE 

FOLLIES 



DANQNG 



PLEASURE CRAZED 

AU TAUING FOX MOVIETONE FEATURE 
with 

MARGUnun CnURCHHI * KDI^KTH.MAeKlNNA 

DOROTHY BURGESS CAMPBEU GULLAN 
REX BEU HENRY kOlKER 

FROM THE PLAY BY MONCKTON HOFFE 
t 

Diatoi by. Ditectad by 

CLARE KUAAMER DONALD GALIAHER^ 
Pictorlat. Direction by 
CHARLES KLEM 



Spectacular Mu*ical Eitravogaiiza with 
SUE CAROL ' LOLA LANE ' SHARON 
LYNN ' FRANK RICHARDSON ' DIXIE 
t£E ' DAVID PERCY ' DAVID ROLLINS 
JOHN BREEDEN ' STEPIN FETCHIT 

'Th« epMdiest mott infectious, audlbto entartainrnent 
Its ravue oaytty, pace and liell-IIke recording 



make it something to brag about." 

' 'DAV»suna 



— (W Uorfr Sua 



gamble on 
probabilities 



Place your bets on FOX 
there are no REDS on this 
constant winner 




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VARIETY 



Wednesday, June 5, 192B 







A 

INS1'PU> OF A SQUEAK 

They pick out M^Q-M^s New 
Era Talkies hlindfolded! 

CONCEDED the best by all audiences— 
MEtRd-GOLDWYN-MAYER TALKIES make others 
LOOK like experimental laboratory efforts— 
AND here's what the trade thinks: 

WATCH M-G-M> .From the informarion al hand we are of the opinion that the M-G-M crowd were the last to start on talkies.. Certainty 
they were the last of the major organizations to get their studios equipped for sound. Consequently when you go over their released product 
ana see how few of the common mistakes in dialogue, story and recording this crowd have made, you simply have to lift your cap and take 
a deep swinging bow. No organization to date has been able to top "Broadway Melody" and certainly there has not been a more perfect 
talking picture, when everything is taken into consideration, than "Madame X." If we had nothing to point to other than these two produc* 
tions (and they have released other good ones), we would feel safe In saying that M-Q'M will be "up and at 'em" in the production of this 
new form of entertainment as long as the public will visit the theatre with the talkie sign displayed. SILENT$, TOO. In announcing 
that they will do both silent and talkie pictures we are of the belief that this organization will be the only one of the major companies making 
any silent product without a talkie version. Watch That M.G.IM. Crowd.— Editorial by W R.WUkerson in Exhibitor's Daily Review, May 29, 1929. 



I 



Book These Now! 



THE BROADWAY 
MELODY 



Metro - Gold 




AYER 



Wednesday, June 6, 1929 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



23 



Publix Buys Out More Partners: 
Ricliards; Saengers and Kundiy 



Publlx has bought out Boiite more 
of Us partners - In • theatre circuit 
operation' leaving the houses .under 
full. Publlx control. lAteat PuMU 
partners to pass over their Interests 
arr. E, V. Richards and the Saenger 
brothers -of the. Saenger southern 
circuit, and John H. Kunaky of the 
Kunsky houses In Detroit. 

George Trendle, former Kunsky 
mgr., will become president of the 
Fubllx Detrplt operating company. 
With no conflrinatlon It Is assumed 
Blchards .will either remain as op- 
erator of the- Saenger chain, or 
move Into 'Fubllx New York home 
office. . 

Other partners bought out by 
Fubllx In the recent past are Bala- 
ban & Katz, ' Chicago; Skouras 
Brothers of St. Ix>uls, and A. H. 

' Blank' of 'Nei>raska. The Balabans 
remain as operators of the Chicago 
territory; Blank is out, and the 
Skourasea are. with Warners, with 

' Spyros '\Varners' general house op- 
erator. 

In Detroit a couple of minor 
ho-ses owned by Kunsky were held 
out by him, "with consent. 

F. & R. Buy 

It Is reported that Publlx has un- 
der way ;a purchase by agreement 
of Flnklestein ,& Ruben of Minne- 
sota. Publlx lias a share In some of 
'the P. & R. houses. 

The new Publlx-F. & R. deal will 
give, It Is , said, the entire manager- 
ial direction to Publlx, with a stock 
exchange basis for such F. & R. 
houses as Publlx desires to hold 100 
per cent. 

Crabb Made N. W. Division 
Mgr. for Fox West Coast 

Chicago, June 4. 
Eai-l Li. Crabb, who re"slgned as 
Chicago divisional manager of 
Keith's, will Join Fox West Coast 
as district manager of . the 27 
northwestern division theatres 
June 16. 

Appointment was made in Chi- 
cago Friday by Harold Pranklln. 
Crabb'g headquarters will be in 
Seattle. 

Crabb. was formerly associated 
with Franklin as district manager 
of Paramount theatres Itt Texas. 



West Coast Motion. Pietare 
Directory of Director » 
and' Writers 



ORIOINAI.S 



ADAFTATIONF 



Howard J. Green 

Hansremcnt, Edward Small Go. 
DIAI4H>CE COMTINDITIES 





Movietone Director 
Vniv^aal 



WISE-CRACKED BANDIT 



Girl Cashier Laughed Off Hold-Up 
As Per Instructions' 



Dallas, June 4. 

Minnie Messner, cashier for the 
Ritz on Elm street, laughed at a 
hijacker when he attempted to hold 
her up as she was about to check 
In for the night. 

The bandit, a Jellybean, poked a 
gat concealed In his pocket at the 
girl and ordered her to shell over 
the day's gross. Following Instruc- 
tions, Minnie wise-cracked, while 
she rung a secret lalarm under her 
desk for the house manager^ 

About that , time the operator of 
a shooting gallery next door sisked 
for some change and the'klft Je^e 
James made a dash for the alleys. 

Rttz Is a second run house. 



Columbia on Bmy 



SarahY.Mason 

Adaptation and Scenario 
"The Broadway Melody" 



Byron Morgan 

ORIOINAI, BTOBIRS 
"THUNDER" "SPEEDWAY" 

Now tn Production- M-G-M 





As'Stlow Window? 



ADditorinffl Wired 



Western Electric has com- 
pleted Its largest talker equip- 
ment installation. 

This Is In the Municipal Hall, 
Atlantic City, where tlie Elec- 
tric Light Association Is hold- 
ing its convention this week. 



Walter Reade Is In negotiation 

1th Radio Pictures (R-K-O) for 
the sub-lease of the Columbia at 
Broadway and 47tli street. It Is 
currently playing burlesque. 

R-K-O wants the location, con- 
sidered now as one of the best In 
Times Square, for a show Window 
for Radio Pictures. • 

Reade is understood to have asked 
$260,000 annual rental. He will re- 
model, the house at a cost of be- 
tween $350,000 and JSOO.OOO, with the 
necessary amount put up by. R-K- 
O, deductible out of the yearly' rent 
on the installment plan. , 

Remodeling will give the Co- 
lumbia a seating capacity of around 
1,700 on two floors. Columbia is 
now a balcony and gallery house.' 
As. a picture theatre Its overhead 
would run around $20,000 weekly. 

An important improvement in the' 
alterations will be the front. As 
a burlesque drawer the Columbia's 
front looks like Coney Island. It 
has hardened the street frontage, at- 
mosphere Immediately adjacent to 
the entrance of the theatre. . . 
. Formerly Just a corner and . ot) 
the wrong side of the street, the 
Columbia's location, with the open- 
ing of the Roxy at 60th street and 
the reconstruction of 7th avenue be- 
came the start of a streaming 
thoroughfare. 

Reade obtained the Columbia's 
ground lease some months ago from 
the Columbia (Burlesque) Amuse- 
ment Co. The latter was absorbed 
for operation by the Mutual bur- 
lesque wheel,, which now , occupies 
the house. 



HOME FILMS 
ABSOLUTE 



Wliat is considered the smartest 
move' made by Radio is a stipula- 
tion In its patent license agreement 
with American Telephone and Tele- 
graph, giving It exclusive tight for 
equipping homes wl!th talker appar- 
atuses. By the agreement Western 
Electric, Immediate subsidiary of 
A, T. and T., la blocked from the 
home film field which Radio is 
counting' upon as one of Its biggest 
sources for future Income. 

The home talker status of the 
two electrics was not. revealed un- 
til this week, when Radio in reply 
to Western's declaration that it was 
not. Interested in. residential talkers 
and has no intention of entering 
that field, stated Western won't be- 
cause it can't. 

Radio already has a model for 
the home prepared and plans set 
to start Installations by Jan. 1. The 
matter of distribution is yet to be 
decided. This is causing discussion 
on the talker from the home view- 
point; whether It should be han- 
dled as a commodity by retailers 
of radio sets or be disposed of 
through the regular photophone 
channels. 



Myers €oes to DepL of Justice Over 
Talker Rentals Charged Indies 



"PAGLIACCI" FOR "CYRANO" 



M-G Wants FrimI to Write Score — 
Will Star Tibbete 



Warners Building Four 
Houses in New York? 



AITOOKA STEIEE SETTLED 

Altoona, . Pa., June 4. 

Operators' strike of 14 weeks at 
the Capitol and Olympic was set- 
tled May 27. 

During It the operators wore 
sandwich signs asking the public 
not to attend these theatres on ac 
count of the Inexperienced help and 
the dangers of film fires. 

Three days after the settlement, 
union men in the booth of the Capi- 
tol had a film fire, although the 
damage was slight. 



Eschman With W. E. 

Eddie Eschman Is the latest film 
exec to go the 'Western talker way; 

He started Monday with Electri- 
cal Research Products, resigning at 
the same time the general manager- 
ship of the Playhouse Operating Co., 
having theatres In Westchester and 
Long Island. 



"Sailor's Holiday," Paths 

Pathe's latest all talker will be 
"Sailor's Holiday," with Alan Hale 
and-Sally^-Ellers. ' Story-Is an orig 
Inal by Joseph Franklin Poland and 
William Conselman. 

Poland will do the scenario and 
dialog. 



Charles P. Winklemann is gen. 
mgr. of the Playhouse Operating 
Co.'s theatre on Long Island. Ills 
main ofllce Is at the Hollis theatre, 
Hollis. 



A report Is persistent that the 
Warner Brothers intend building 
four de luxe picture houses within 
Greater New Tork. ' 

The new Beacon, unoccupied, at 
Broadway and 76th street, is said 
io be another theatre under con- 
sideration by the Warners. 

Stories of the Warners building 
are linked up with the expected 
amalgamation of the Warners with 
Paramount. 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has en- 
countered diniculty in trying to 
make a screen adaptation of "H 
Pagllacd" as a starring picture for 
Lawrence Tlbbcts, operatic baritone, 
so the studio is now Working on 
"Cyrano De Bergerao." 
Libretto is being prepared and ef- 
forts are being made to interest Ru- 
dolf Frlml in writing a score. 



U's Sound Newsreel July29 



Universal's first sound newsreel 
will be released July 29?^. . 

Two sound newsreel Issues weekly 
are scheduled for release subse- 
quently. 



RKO Conventlpn June 23 

RKO will hold, its annual sales 
convention at-the brake Hotel, Chi- 
cago, starting. June 23, 'It will last 
throughout tl^e 'week. 

Lee Marcus, jgeneral sales man- 
ager, will 'outline the 30 Radio Pjlc- 
tures on the '29-30 program during 
the sessions. ' 



Washington, June 4. 

Abram F. Myers has again gone 
to the Department of Justice la 
behalf of the indie group of exhibit 
tors he heads. This time it was 
to submit the resolutions adopted 
last week at the convention in 
Minneapolis. These resolutions 
called iipon the department for an 
Immediate investigation of rentals 
charged the Indies for the talkers. 
It was claimed that such high 
tariffs were placed on the newest 
developments in the films as to con- 
stitute a more .effective means of 
I>utting the indies oiit of business 
than' had anything previously com- 
plained of. 

First it was InterchangeablUty. 
With that taken care of, up went 
the rentals and the indies now ask 
the department to find oiit why. 

Pending action by 'the .Senate 
confirming John Lord O'Brien, the 
Resident's appointment to take 
Col. Donovan's former job, Myera 
would not divulge any plane of pro- 
cedure he may have to get help 
from the Government In lowering 
these rentals. 

Success that followed his move 
at the department on interchange- 
ability now gives Myers an idea 
that, thouigh • he ' possibly cannot 
prove any conspiracy In the rentals 
being charged, he can, prepare such 
a case ais to bring about a check 
up by the department, 
. Such a check up might result in 
severail things, said Myers. 



Photophone's Jr. July 1 



Radio's Photophone department 
announces that it will commence in- 
stalling Its Junior equipment, known 
as Type F, by July 1. 



PROPOSED N.Y. ORDINANCE 



Calling for Engineer in Boiler Room 
While Performance Is On 



New Tork exhibitors are concern- 
ed over an ordinance being consid- 
ered by the city fathers which, they 
figure, would add at .least $120 per 
week to their payroll. 

The measure if adopted will re- 
quire one registered engineer in the 
theatre during the time it Is hous- 
ing the public, regardless of the 
pressure In the boiler room. 

The exhibs figure It 'will mean 
a double shift and men at salaries 
of at least $60 apiece. 



TWO ON T-S STAGES 

Los Angeles, June 4, 
Work of transforming stages for 
sound recording at Tlftany-Stahl 
studios 'will be completed next week 
at which time two pictures will 
go Into production: "Kathleen Ma 
vourneen," starring Sally O'Nell, 
with AI. Ray directing, and "Mr. 
Antonio," starring Leo Carlllo, with 
James Flood directing. 

David Hartford, former stage di- 
rector, will assist on both pictures 
in directing the . dialog. 

Lou Lemleux, former purchasing 
agent- for - Fox and - C.-Br"DeMllle 
studios now engaged In the same 
capacity for TlfCany-StahL 



. Lee Staging 2- Reeler 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Sammy Lee, dance stager, will 
direct an all-color two-reeler for 
M-G-M. . 
Title, "The DoU Dance." 
Gus Edwards aupervlsinft 



The LAST WORD 
in SOUND REC(»U>ING 



The RCA IIko^^ 



at the new 






covering twenty acre* 

NOW AVAILABLE 
TO ALL PRODUCERS 



A FEW OF THE RECENT PRODUCTIONS 
SYNCHRONIZED AND RECORDED HERE 

Henry King's Super-Special, "SHE GOES TO WAR" 

A UniUJ AtlUb Hetcose 

Tiffany-Stahl's "TWO MEN AND A MAID" 
TifFany-Stahl'a "NEW ORLEANS" 
Tiffany-Stahl's "MIDSTREAM" 
TiflFany-Stahl's "WHISPERING WINDS" 

A MACK SENNETT two-reel comedy special in NAT- 
URAL COLOR with RCA Photophone sound track on 
the color film. The first of its hind. Now in production 

Two hiff MACK SENNETT Super-Special 100% Talking 
Feature Comedies in course of production 

Two-reel MACK SENNETT TALKING COMEDIES 
Series of Twenty for Educational Release 

With the RCA Photophone System we can give you 
(WJAUTX, with. ECONOMY,^ 

recorders have been operating since October^ 1928 

MACK SENNETT STUDIOS 

Studio City, North Hollywood^ Cal. 



24 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, June S, 1929 




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("Chinatown"— Unlt^ 

Chicago. JitJJ-y 10' 
Norman. Frescott, revue and vaude 
llame, dl&o makes ^ ^SS^^SXSS&Mii 
for spots iRrhere the 
to assist in Ihe mlnd-r^ding clov^n- 
Ing: or he cpuld carry hla own man. 
Kvale worked with him h«ir.e; imd 
though ah act using houM lights 
^d working In the audleawie 18 ut- 
terly foreign to sta^eband .presen- 



around a coliection of readlnigs that 
really puzzle the crowd. 



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^ ^ Oriental Theatre, Chicago 



Ma».isemi.t - WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY 



Direction 
MAX HALPERIN 



Wednesday, June 6,: 1929 



V A R I E T Y 



25 





^i'pHE greatest show attraction in Universal's history 
blazed into the Globe Theatre when Carl 
Laemmle presented the Carl Laemmle, Jr., musical 
dialog melodrama triumphant and brought 'Broadway' 
to Broadway . . . with full dialog from the stage 
success . . . far bigger and better than the show." 
— Arthur James, Exhibitors Daily Review. 

«JT will do business at the Globe and do plenty in 



f i^HRILLED the Globe Theatre premiere. No situ- 
ation in the play has been omitted. . . . The 
finest photoplay Universal has offered. This one should 
be the big noise. A big win for all concerned." 

— Regina Carewe, N. Y. American. 

(i'Pl ANDY entertainment, thrills, pathos, . crime, 
^ romance. Splendidly acted. Magnificently pro- 
duced. Story absorbing. Atmosphere colorful." 

—Bland, N. Y. Mirror, 



«T AVISH production." 

— Rose Pelswick, N. Y. Evening Journal, 

\ N atmospheric scenic wonder . . . eye-filling 
praiseworthy."— Bctly Colfax, N. Y. Graphic, 

<<-gNTERTAINMENT of the solid sort." 



the regular picture houses. . . . Expands way 
beyond the stage production . . . excellent casting 
. . . scenes in Technicolor give a corking finish to a 
corking picture." — Sime, Variety. 

((rpHE best picture ever made by Universal . . • 
the crowning achievement of Carl Laemmle. 
• . . You just can't fail to take this one in." 

— George Gerhard, N. Y. Evening World. 

i<J^IZARRE and impressive. . . . Singularly well 



done. ... A remarkable piece of work." 

— Quinn Martin, N. Y. World. 



« SENSATIONAL!" 



— rKatherine Zimmerman, N. Y. Telegram. 



HRILLING!' 



— Irene Thirer, N. Y. Daily News. 



«TJANDSOME entertainment. A good job." 
n —Mordaunt Hall, N. Y. Times. 

<T> ROADWAY' is a grand show even after hun- 
■t^ dreds of imitations. Well worth a yisit. ... 
It will be with us for some time to come. . . . Sound 
recording unusually good." 

— Creighton Peet, N. Y. Evening Post. 



— Kann, Film Daily. 



«rrHRILLINGLY photographed. . . . Exciting 
Moving. . . . Successful." 

— John S. Cohen, Jr., N. Y. Son. 

CARL LAEMMLE Presents 

Universal s 100% Talking, 
Singing, Dancing Sensation 

With Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Mema 
Kennedy, T. E. Jackson, Otis Harlan, 
Robert Ellis, Paul Porcasi, Leslie Fen- 
ton, Betty Francisco. From Jed Harrb* 
stage success of the play by Philip 
Dunning and George Abbott. Color 
scenes by Technicolor. 



Now Playing at the 
Globe Theatre 
at $2.00 Top 




Directed by PAUL FEJOS 

THE ONE and ONLY 




26 



VARIETY 



FILM REVIEWS 



yVeditesday; June 5, 1929 



FATHER AND SON 

(Continued from page 16) 
light perforjnance. "Father and 
Son," on tho conti-ary, appears to 
have been created from the begin- 
ning with the new sight-sound tech 
nlque In view — written for the talk- 
ing screen instead of adapted to Its 
Uses from a stage source. 

All these things give it particular 
Interest and should draw attention. 
Besides, the story stands up on its 
merits as admirable picture ma 
terial, excellent In treatment and 
admirable in Its production qual 
Ity. It moves rapidly, carries the 
sentimental appoal of father and son 
affection in somewhat the same cas- 
ual and jaunty spirit that gave 
"Sorrel & Son" Its charm, and nnol- 
ly goes to a climax that has a 
flrst-rate punch. 

It Is In this strong ending that 
tlie sound element develops its sur- 
prise. Situation has been planted 
this way: To'ung Jimmy on his 
blrtliday receives as his father's gift 
a recording and reproducing talking 
machine. Thereafter the father is 
tricked into a marriage with an ad- 
venturess who deals harshly with 
the boy, so that the father and son 
are alienated. 

Boy seeks to win back the father's 
affection by making a phonograph 
record explaining how he feels over 
the situation. Youngster Is Inter- 
rupted by the wife who drives him 
from the house. A lover out of the 
woman's past intrudes at this point 
and In a violent- quarrel she is shot 
to death. 

Boy's father is accused of murder; 
youngster tries to assume guilt of 
the crime and to prove he was in the 
house on the momli^g In question 
relates that he was making a phono- 
graph record. Coroner's Jury calls 
for the record, which, of course, re- 
veals who fired the shot and saves 
the father 1\c6m peril of his life. 

Sounds not so reasonable, ' but so 
craftily ha6 the ^bry been dove- 
tailed and so shrewdly has It been 
developed that whole thing unfolds 
naturally aitd smoothly. Narrative 
has a number of good dramatic sur- 
prises. One comes In the tricky dis- 
closure of 'the womap'S character. 
Artotber is the ^diial realization 
of the father thdt his wife has been 
a 'notorioud woililan, b, particularly 
neat bit of drambtle exposition. 

Development of. character is no- 
tably fine, with p^tlcular reference 
to'-the relations' of father and son. 
Kid calls the older man "Big Boy," 
and father ■ address youngster as 
"Old Timer." Capital picture of 
companiona'blo pair, -chjarmliigly' 
shaded with humor' and sehtlm&nt.' 

Physical. production Js' of the bi^; 
end the cast has been'selecteid hapl-' 
plly. Jack Holt, who tqo ofteii Is 
an artificial actor when, h^'s .areesed 
up, here supplies the strong mascu- 
line quality which gives . the relation 
to the boy a special charm. The 
yolingster himself la great. He's 
Mickey McBan, whose homely pan 
makes him very human. (If the 
much abused screen .bos done no 
other service. It has killed off. the 
Uttle Lord Fauntleroy horror). Kid 



THAT FCNirZ FEIXOW BIIXT 

SNYMR 

17 Week* ua M. C. at th« Ooldcn Cat« 
Theatre, I.. A. Expect to be here 
nntU nneonacloae. 

Mansser, HABBT H. SDGARHAM 



has a knack of sentiment that really 
gets over. There's something inex- 
pressibly touching In his plain, tear 
stained map. 

Dorothy Revler docs an unusual 
heavy woman, first because she's a 
blonde vamp and second because she 
doesn't overact in tho formula way. 
Helene Chadwlck, very brunette, 
plays the "good girl" with restraint 
similarly commendable. 

Management of the dialog is un- 
usual. Picture opens with 17 min- 
utes of unbroken dialog; goes silent 
for 27 nilnutcs ond ends with 20 
minutes nearly all talk, but with a 
few titles In lieu of the spoken 
word. _;,The estimate of 65 per cent 
dialog is an appro.xlmation 

Scarcely an outstanding box office 
picture perhaps by the nature of its 
subject matter, but a substantial bit 
of entertainment and certainly a 
step forward in the sound jicreen 
lechnlque. «>..~>. 



THE GLAD RAG DOLL 

(ALL DIALOG) 

Worncr Broihers producllon and release. 
Mlcbael Curtiz, director. Asst., CUtl Sain. 
Dolores Costello statrod. Written by 
Harvey Gatea. Adapted by Oraliam Baker. 
Cameraman, Byron Houlili}. Vltagraph 
sounded. Musically syn^hroDlked. At 
Strand, Non Tork, weelc June 1. Bunnlne 
time, 70 minutes. 

Annabel Lee Dolores Coatellb 

John Falrctalld Ralpb Grave* 

Bertha Falrchlld Audrey Fen-lc 

Natban Kalrchlld Albert Grant 

Aunt Falrcblld Maude Tumor Gordon 

Admiral Tom Rlcketis 

Sam Undcrlane Claude Gllllngwater 

Jimmy Falrcblld Arthur Rankin 

Miss Feabody Dale Fuller 

Butler DouKlas Gerrard 

Barry, an actor Andre Beraneer 

Press Agent Leo Moran 

Maiiacer Koley Tom Kennedy 

Hannah Louise Beaver 

Chauffeur Stanley Taylor 



Dolores Costello has been wcl! 
enough fitted with this story, titled 
after the song selling bit, three 
months old." Where the Costello 
draw is rampant any reliance may 
be placed upon "Glad Rag Doll." 
Where the Costello name Is not so 
warm at the b. o. this Warners 
should do tin average week's trade. 

If this broadly lined farce comedy 
had. been held down to Its satirical 
conception It would have been a 
finely done bit of picture work. In 
story and action. But perhaps Just 
as well that It was broadened out. 
Several laughs at frequent Intervals, 
and ofttlmes some giggles from the 
ready to wear dialog handed Ar- 
thur Rankin. 

Ager, Tellen ■& Bomstein pub- 
lishes "Olad Ra^ Doll," with Milt 
Ager and JTack .Tellen of that firm 
,|& wrltersi '"S'ou hear "Glad Bag 
'-Doll" sung two or three tloUe?' by 
unseen singers -during the picture, 
but you h.eai^ it played by the syn- 
chronizing orchestra all of the time. 
When leaylhg the Btrand.Jt may b« 
heard again through a loud speaker 
la this entrance. If that Isn't a-.plug 
for a theme song that laji'U then 
what can ' be7. Whoever eased that 
song for. title and plug Into Warners 
can tip his cap for promotion work. 

Another back stage story that 
moves Into an aristocratic Philadel 
phia home. It mokes Miss Costello 
winsome and smart. She out- 
smarts the hl-hat clique against 
her, laughs her way in and out of 
bedroom Jams and wins the tough 
mugg for a husband, after he had 
said she couldn't marry his younger 
brother. 

The Fairchilds were it socially In 
Philly. As dug up by Annabel Lee 
the musical comedy queen, after 24 



hours In their 'home, this was the 
layout:- 

Uncle John Falrchlld had started 
after the housekeeper; Atintle played 
a bit with tho btttler while mani- 
festing kleptomaniacal tendencies; 
Sis Bertha kept her eye so closely 
oh the chauffeur he married her, and 
J'ohn Falrchlld, the grouchy elder 
brother, fell for the same pretty 
face his sappy brother had before 
him. 

Going against this layout In a 
fairly breezy way, Annabel Just am- 
bled along, for the script was aimed 
right, along with Hannah, her col- 
ored maid, very well done by Louise 
Beaver. Miss Beaver sang the only 
other song, "Some of These Days." 

Ralph Graves is Brother John and 
got the right slant upon the role. 
Albert Grant as Uncle Nathan re- 
sponsible for several of the laughs 
with stereotyped farcical stulf of 
any vintage. 

Good production and elaborate 
for the Philly mansion sight, John 
and Annabel taking a long walk up 
a flight of stairs and down a hall. 
It looked as if the studio had shoved 
three sets, together. 

A pleasant talker with Claude Gll- 
llngwater of course as an attorney 
making himself stand out through 
excellence of everything, but voice 
first. It has an extremely pleasant 
girl too in Dolores Costello. Slme, 

A MAN'S MAN 

(SILENT) 

Mctro-Goldwyn-Mftyer production and re- 
lease. Directed by Jnmea Cruzc. Based on 
tho play by Patrick Kearney. Screen adap- 
tation by Forrest Halsey. Titles by Joe 
Parnham- Featuring Wllllnm Ilalnes. At 
Capitol, Nevr Tork, week June 1. Running 
lime, 76 mine. 

Mel William Haines 

Peggy Josephine Dunn 

Charlie Sam Hardy 

Violet Mae Busch 



Picture Is silent, with the excep- 
tion of a synchronized musical 
score. There are two sound effects, 
both bad. Production Is mainly in 
the second class house rating. Silent, 
and not particularly strong even In 
that category, it would be risky In 
a full week first run unless bol- 
stered heavily with stage talent. 
Haines is only name to depend upon 
where he has. established a personal 
draw. 

The trouble Is with the story. It 
is a casual recital of an everyday 
occurrence, dealing with a soda 
fountain jerker who married one of 
the million glrle who want to break 
Into pictures. 

According to this tale It seems 
that the young woman traded her 
self-respect or something else for 
the glib promises of a pool room, 
braggart who said she looked like 
Greta Gar bo and that he would see 
that she hecame u star. 
. In rare' momenta Haines has an 
opportunity to display what Is rec- 
ognized ^B a veritable genius for 
mimicry. ' Added to these too Infre- 
quent moments are the brief appear- 
ances ot Joe Famham's titles. 

On these titles Farnham is en- 
titled to more than a few bow.s. 
Without them and the little there is 
of Haines, this wouldn't be more 
thein a iotb rate grind house picture. 
The titles give it class and comedy. 

Josephine Dunn is appealing. Sam 
Hardy extremely villainous, and 
Mae Busch essays the hdrd-faced 
but kind-hearted little trooper try- 
ing to keep a good girl straight. 

It's no go, for the story is impos- 
sible, despite tho thinly veiled dirt 
angle. ilori. 



HIT THE BULUS-EYE AGAIN! 



"FAde Out" and "Fade lu" explana- 
tions. 

The physician, about whom the 
66th Street makes sO many sexy In- 
timations, in Its poster work, is at 
first Just a boy running adolcsccntly 
from one sister to another. The 
good sister, Jeanne, posed for by. 
Miss Wcyher in best -n-nx flower 
manner, Is at firsi Jilted for the 
Iinowlngly good— evon though fat- 
backed — ^Margit Man.stadt, as Nita. 

The guy who really rates female 
honors in this, although they center 
on the one Mlta, is tho playwright, 
the ever-suave and certain Armand 
but, In Miles Mandcr, the only real 
performer In the production. He 
Just twists .things to suit him.self, 
letting his dame marry the doc but 
cffectin? the indentation while they 
are honeymooning. This interlude 
writer even slips In the bridal com- 
partment on the train and pinches 
tlie bride's stanchion. 

The pinch is about the most 
"daring" thing In it. The stage con- 
tributor has a Joint with chink 
trappings and every time Nita ar- 
rives he feigns sleep on a downy 
cot near his desk. When he Is 
awakened by the coy German girl, 
whose back rolls over her stays, the 
audience always expects tliat the 
lowdown Is to commence. But It 
only starts, because Nltq. Is per- 
mitted sufficient agility by the di- 
rector to slip by a broad margin 
frcm censor worries. 

In apparent desperation to get the 
shooting angle in, the cutter allows 
the plump one to play hide and 
seek with her boy friend until she 
pumps a little lead into his chest. 
After that the heavy dramatics blast 
away with the good sister taking 
the blame to save her platonic 
lover, the doc. The physician saves 
the playwright only to realize his 
true love by turning over little Nita 
to the playwright. This time the 
latter gent takes no companionate 
risks, and a1.so knocks out another 
play. Wall/. 



THE BONDMAN 

(ENGLISH MADE) 
(Silent) 

Brltl<ih and Dominion Film Corp. produc- 
tion: distributed by World Wide. Directed 
by Herbert Wilcox. Screen play by T. A. 
Ennls. adapted from novel, "The Bond- 
man." by Sir Hall Calne. .Photographed by 
David Kesnon. At Stanley, New Tork, one 
day. May 21. Running time, M minutes. 

Jason Norman Kerry 

Sicilian Mother Dom Barton 

Han Father Edward O'Nell 

Michael Donald MacArdle 

Greeba Frances Cuyler 

Mrs. Folrbrother Florence Vie 

Adam Falrbrother Judd' Green 

■Father FerratI ....Henry -Vlbart 

Testa H; Bajcon Snell 

Captain ^.C. Emerald 




JUST OPENED WITH NEW UNIT 

ORIENTAL. CHICAGO 

Conceded to Be the Biggest Laughing Hit Ever 
Played There 



DOCTOR'S WOMEN 

(GERMAN MADE) 
(Silent) 

- Ufa profluctlon and release. Directed by 
Qustav Molandor from Paul McrzlMcli's 
novel. Editing and titling -by J. R. 
Flelsher. At GCtb St. Playhouse wcci: 
June 1. Running time, OG minutes. 

Jeanne I>uvb] Ruth Weyhrr 

Nita Duval Marglt Manstadt 

Gnmbelta Duval Alexander MurskI 

Rose Duval Karin Rvranairon' 

Dr. Robert Monnler Louis Lerch 

Araand de Many Miles Mander 

Title Is a complete misnomer. It's 
Just a boring Jargon about a doc- 
tor who chases and marries the girl 
friend of a playwright, then flndmg 
he loved her sister. Thing is so 
edited as to have a few muchine- 
gun • sequences where conrtihip 
marriage, row and back to the play- 
wright flashes take less than a 
couple of minutes,', while repetitious 
close-ups of over-emotional pans, 
some lense conscious and others Just 
pure hoggish, yawn out the hour. 

As to subtitling, the Job was such 
a careless one that It didn't get all 
around, leaving In two places Just 



Dull draggy story of the brother 
against brother classification, yrltb 
the locations in Sicily and Isle of 
Man. Title means a man who re- 
places another not a bondman as 
security. Latter would be first sug- 
gested in this country. 

What little action in this importa- 
tion revolves about Jason (Norman 
Kery, American), whose dying 
mother swears him to a vendetta 
against his father and brother who 
had deserted them some 20 years 
before. About the same time .the 
father on his deathbed has sworn 
his' son Michael (Donald MacArdle) 
to find his mother and brother and 
square things. 

Journeying from Sicily to the Isle 
of' Man, off the Irish coast, Jason 
learns that his brother has gone to 
Sicily and decides to wait for him. 
Getting his brother's Job, Jason falls 
in love with his brother's girl and is 
about to marry her when she hears 
from Michael and gives him air. 
The girl goes to Sicily to marry 



Michael, meanwhile becoming the 
governor, with Jason following. Be- 
coming Involved In a plot to kill his 
brother, Jason le sent to the sulphur 
mines for life. Soon aftir the gov- 
ernor Is overthrown and Is himself 
sent to the same prison camp by the 
revolutionists. 

There the two brothers, following 
an uprising, ore chained together 
without knowing that they h.tve 
found each other, one for vengeance 
and the other for atonement. In an 
explosion in the mines Jason saves 
the life of his brother who has be- 
come blinded by sulphur fumes. 

The ez-govornor Is banished to a 
lonely Island while his supporters 
attempt to re-establish him in 
power. As a firing squad Is about 
to put an end to Michael's chances 
in that direction Jason, having es- 
caped from prison, steps In, recon- 
ciles Michael and hia estranged 
wife, and becomes the bondmnii for 
the brother he had sworn to kill. 

Lots of mugging on the part of all 
the characters. Scenes of harvest 
time customs on the Isle are re- 
peated with deadly monotony. A 
sheet of music of a folk song em- 
ployed by the natives at the festival 
Is screened about a dozen times. 

Kerry handles the lead in fairly 
good style, but the rest contribute 
little of any value. Cut down con- 
siderably, this one might earn a fair 
rating on a double bill In the dally 
changers. 



CHINA BOUND 

(Silent) 

M-C-M production and release pf>r.-lne 
Karl Dane and George K. Arthur,' with 
Josephine Dunn and Polly Moran co-fea- 
tured. Cast Includes Carl .Stockd.tle and 
Harry Woods. Directed by Charles P. 
JJcLsner. Story by Sylvia Thalberg and 
Flunk Duller. Contlnu:ty by Peggy Kelly. 
At New Tork (double feature) one day, 
June 1. Running time, 74 minutes. 

Much of the Intended laughs come 
through bits. These bits before the 
camera bear the stamp of the direc- 
tor. Chuck Relsner. It Is one of 
those impossible. Incongruous stories 
that has Dane and Arthur going 
through ups and downs. 

Not much new to the entire story 
altliough the makers did drag in 
a Chinese revolutionary affair to 
give some dramatic tension. The 
leads get messed up considerably 
and some of the bits used caused 
Intermittent laughter at the New 
York theatre. 

Polly Moran pulls her usual facial 
contortions and roughing things up 
a bit even to a physical clash with 
the boat crew. Dane and Arthur 
do their best to try and pull out a 
mediocre story. j 

Some fine photographic results. 
But picture at best can't hold up 
alone. Hark. 



SOME MOTHER'S BOY 

(SILENT) 

Rayart production, atarrlng Mary Carr. 
Duke Warne, director. Arthur iroorl's 
story. Jobyna Ralston, Jason Robards, 
William A. Dickson, In cost. At Loew's 
■New -York, oi» double bill, one day (May 
81). Running time, 00 minutes. 



Just an old-fashioned tintype In 
motion. 

There Is nothing In "Some Moth- 
(Contlnued on page 41) 



FA.MOrS 



B. B. b; s 

Big Ueaotlfal Babies 
Coffee DoB'e, Los ADseles, Cal. 



Wn.UAM FOX 
OH43ANIZ.4I10N 




TENORS 



TiARRVPURNEY 

PAUL RICKETTS 
EMMETt CASEY 
STANLEY VERMILYEA 



NOW PLAYING (WEEK JUNE 2) 

KEITH'S PALACE, NEW YORK 

THE^ANGERS 

(Broadcasting Unusual Harmony) 

Address Gommunic»tions 
Direction Gare HARRY WEBER 

HARRY WEBER 1564 Broadway, New York 



BARITONES 

RAYMOND TOOLE 

JBEll.YOyNG 



BASSOS 

JIM FORSTNER 
J. DELOS JEWKES 



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CARL LAEMMLE 



Presents 




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A Uni/efscil pic'crc. ^Vifh JosopSin-i 
Dum, Huntly Gordon, Jone Lc S ome. 
Sfory by Jor Swirling. A Robert Hill 
Production, ^wo /negatives; one lalWinq 
ond singing' one silenf. P'-er.ented by 

CARL LAEMMLE 



MELODY 
lANE 



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VARIETY 



V A O b E vrt LE 



Wednesday; Junfe ff, 1929 



Vaude House or Stage Act; 
First Time Within Memory 



CARROLL TRYING AGAIN 

Hurry TakM Hollywood Houm for 
Muitcala— Aim la Pictures 



Pittsburgh, June 4. 

This city o£ almost 1,000,000 pop- 
ulation and a metropolitan area 
embracing at least 2,000,000 people 
shortly will be without vaudeville 
for the ..rst time within the mem- 
ery of any local showman. Next 
■week. Harris, one of the first vaud- 
fllm houses In the city, goes straight 
plcture.s with the Sheridan Square, 
E^t Liberty, abandoning stAge 
programs a week later. 

I^SB than a year ago, there were 
at least four vaudflim sites here, 
Aldine, Davis, Harris and Sheridan 
Sq., with several of the neighbor- 
hood stands also running In at least 
two or three acts with pictures. 

Davis may reopen in fall with 
■vaudnim, but chances are against 
It. 



KIDDING UEHPHIS! 



Sid Lewis and a friend were 
standing outside Pantages, 
Kansas City,. when a dog, with 
fits, rushed by. 

A native nearby, asked: 

"What's that dog running 
like that for?" 

Lewis repHed: 

"Pan sent him a wJre to go 
to Memphis." 



Keith's Appeals in 

Ads for Two-a-Day 



X[lnn.eapoliE, June 4. 
' Keith's (corporation) has ad- 
dressed "an open letter to the 
people of Minneapolis" at amuse- 
ment advertising space rates 
through the newspapers on the sub- 
ject of two-a-day vaudeville. The 
letter, running eight inches double 
cplumn. Is headed "Food' for 
T^hought." It reads, In part, as fol- 
lows: 

"Dear Folks: Believing the 
residents of Minneapolis are 
entitled to receive the very best 
_ and highest class entertainment, 
'! .as well as the other pleasures 
of life, and appreciating their 
able support and response In 
the past, thei Radlo-Kelth-Or- 
pheum has picked the fienne- 
'pln-Orpheum as one theatre, 
' among those of slx othei^ vftles 
of the entire United ' State's in 
' which to inaugurate a return ' 
' to the good old days of two per- 
formances week days with all 
' Beats reserved. 

"Tou can now enjoy the 
vaudeville of those artists 
whose names occupy thei stellar 
positions of histrionic genius 
' and the added pleasure of se- 
lected pictures In sound and 
dialog and at a price which is 
just one-half of that charged In 
New York, Chicago; Milwaukee 
and elsewhere. 

"It Is our Intent to present to 
you each week a quality of en- 
' tertainment never before offered 
on the American stage at the 
low prices that now prevail. 

"T1)Ib week our .stage Is 
graceNl by the pr^ence of Flor- 
ence Moore. . ' And we' are 
presenting on'- our screen 'The 
Duke Steps Outi' t^lth 'William 
^ Haines and Joan Crawford — a 
picture you are sure to enjoy. 
Get your seats In advance. Tou 
will be abundantly repaid. 
"Respectfully. 
' •Hadlo-Kelth-Orpheum Corp'n." 

The letter was ruii several days 
last week in addition to the the- 
atre's regular five-inch ad. 

In its third week box office re 
/suits still were entirely Incommen- 
surate with the entertainment and 
the house continued In the red. Hot 
iweather hurt last week, but at that 
the gross was larger, than that of 
cither of 'the two preceding weekd, 
giving encouragenient to Claude 
Saunders and Franke Burke, who 
are working their heads off to put 
the latest policy across. 



Tenor Used Plane 

For Record Jnmp 

New Orleans; June 4. 
Floods in Hoxis'ton resulted in 
crippling the theatre programs here 
when artists due to arrive were ma- 
rooned on Incoming trains. 

The whole Orpheum bill - for the 
current week, opening Saturday 
matinee, did not arrive until two 
o'clock Sunday afternoon. Houston 
is ordinarily an^ overnight jump. 
Train was 40 hours late. Orpheum 
was forced to play pictures only for 
two performances. 

'When Joseph Grlfiln, Irish tenor, 
playing Saenger's, found it impossi- 
ble to get here by train on time for' 
Saturday's inatlnee, he .engaged an 
airplane and made the jump from 
Houston, 365 miles, In three hours, 
air record for the distance. 



The .first of. the 
Marco units booked 
York, Brooklyn and 
houses,; ^'Rolling On,' 



Nan Halperin Unit 

Jean Paurel is producing a unit 
lor RKO, now in rehearsal. It will 
feature Nan Halperin, with 23 peo 
pie. Among them will be Marty 
'White and Brother, Mammy Jinney, 
girls' band from Jay C. Fllppen's 
act, and eight 'dancing girls. 



SERVICE 

ScrilM that la per- 
sonal . . . atientlon that 

Ml specialized . . . aotlOD 
that Is quick . . .' that 

■ spelli) Jerry CaricIU't w- ' 
ti«t«'. .repreMntatroo. 

JERRY ORGia 

IMO BRMmUiy. NEWYORK. 
.nitPimX: BRMNTOSM -s . 



Boston, June 4. 
Roger p'Ryan turned out to be 
Freeman Bernstein of lifew York. 

Roger P'Ryan ran. an Irish fair in 
Boston Gttrdeh - iest^ week. 6elng 
Freeman BMnstein himself, no 
other, 'li^ forgot to pay off. 

'When - 85 Iiish lassies and lads 
saw they would get no money, al- 
though they couldn't see that Roger 
O'Ryan wasn't Irish, they trouped 
Into court. 

After ia warrant- had been sworn 
out for O'Ryan-BjsmsteIn, no one 
with either name could be found 
within the Commonwealth of Bps- 
ton. 

At the Irish fair the Irish boys 
and girls danced, sang and whistled. 

Joint salaries run mto a consid- 
erable amount for Hr. O'Ryan nee 
Bernstein. 

Of course the fair was a flop. 



M. Units in New York 



Fanchon and 
for the New 
Jamaica Fox 
kowtowed at 



the Ac&demy jfonday, It ran 34 
minutes. 'While booked for the full 
week, owing tp the full-week shpw- 
Ini^ there of ..the Jolson talker, "The 
Singing Fool," tbe Fox pfilces placed 
several acts with It, Including Her- 
bert Faye. and .Co. and the Paul 
'Yocui) Dancers. 

None of )ihe F & M units coming 
In will supply the whole show for 
the Fox houses at any time. Aside 
from ' th€ Acadefny placement this 
week oh a full week, all the units 
will play split weeks. 

The second unit, "Hollywood Stu- 
dio Girls," tomes into the Academy 
Jane 10 aind then goes to the Audu 
bon. The third, "Up in the Air, 
opens June 16 (Saturday) at the 
Academy and. splits with the Savoy, 
BrookljTi. The fourth unit, "Gobs 
of 'Joy,'' opens June 22 at the Acad 
^Bp^.'ajbd splits with the Audubon. ■ 
■ ■.'iho Fanchon and Marco units- are 
playing in Detroit and St. Louis 
prior to entering New York. 



COUTTS' PBOBLEH 

Finding houses in 'which to book 
Independent vaude too tough 
problem, one Indie booker, John E. 
Coutts, has leased a theatre. 

He has - taken over the Palace, 
Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Start- 
ing June 16 he will operate and 
book in a tpllt week five act bill 



Miss Roth Leaves Show 
'Lillian Roth, rehearsing with 
Earl Carroll's .production, has been 
held to' her film contract by Para- 
mount and forced to withdraw from 
the show, The Par contract holds 
priority over Miss Roth's agreement 
with Carroll. 

She leaves for the Coast for Par 
today (Wednesday). 



Jack Johnson's N. Y. Date 

Jack Johnson has landed a vaude 
date with Keith's through Rose and 
Manwaring-, He'll play the 125th 
St„ New York, for six days begin- 
ning June .9. - 

The colored ex-champ will do a 
puglll.st-Ic.4,utn-ftom-4h6_hQok,_sup. 
ported by a sparring partner, an- 
nouncer and comic. 



Keith's, Memphis, Closing 

• MeniphLs, June 4. 
. After several ons and pff.s, local 
Keith's has finally decided to close 
for the summer on June 16'. 

Reopening some time in Septem- 
ber. "■ 



Los Ang:ele8, ^ne 4. 
Harry Carroll has taken a leade 
on tbe Hollywood Muslo Box -to be- 
come effective Sept It Carroll 
claims he will produce musicals, and 
revues at the hoiise, the financing of 
his enterprises being done by him- 
self and an officer of a local bank. 

Idea' Is to turn out revues accept- 
able to picture producers and what 
the latt^ don't waiit he will spilt 
Into units for 'what he claims to be 
a working agreement with Keith's. 

Carroll produced here at the 
Orange Grove a few years ago. 



Freeman Did His 



SHtffm Boston 



No Vaode Left in 

Union Sqiiare Section 



The Union Square district of 14th 
street. New York, -once the cradle of 
American vaude, will be vaude - 
less after this week. 

Fox's Academy went picture house 
with a Fanchon. and Marco unit on 
the stage Monday. Keith's Jefferson 
drops yaude for a permanent tab 
sho-vr , next ' iSunday. 

Tony' Pastor's passed out years 
ago. It later became the Olympic, 
playing '''cooch shows, and then 
bowed oiit In favor of a 40-story of- 
fice building. Fox's City Is now the 
Yiddish Art Theatre. 



Frank Dayis on Shorts 



Frank Davis (Davis and Darnell) 
Is deserting vaude for a while, and 
perhaps longer, to make talking 
shorts for Pathe. They will be two 
reels each, 

Davis - will stage for the talkers 
what -amounts to a ta'b on the stage. 
His shorts 'Will haye comedians, 
singers and girls. -. - . 

A permanency appears ensured 
for Davis with Pathe if the actor 
stager can deliver in his first cou 
pie of tries. 

DiaVIs' experience has been In 
comedy turns,' of stanVlard' vaude 
value, with material written by 
himself. 




VaodeviDe Over the Swmner 



Precautionary 



In one of the indie booking 
offices in New York, where the 
line forms to the right and 
first come, first served Is the 
rule, an agency plants a stooge 
on the line daily to hold a 'spot 
for its office. 

The agency stooge is In the 
booking office at nine In the 
morning. Member of tbe 
agency arrives at around 10, 
stepping into the reserved spot. 



R-K-0 Bodght Albee's 
Two Houses in Canada 



Anotlier angle to the pooling 
deal with Keith's and Famous- 
Players-Canadlan, as reported last 
week, of the Keith houses in Can- 
ada to be operated by F-P, is that 
previous to the pool Radlo-Kelth- 
Orpheiim bought the B. F. Albee 
houses included In that deal. 

The Albee houses in Canada were 
two, at Montreal and St. Johns. 

Stalling his Canadian 'properties 
leaves Albee with but one large the- 
atre, personally owned, at Provi- 
dence, with another small one at 
Pawtucket, R. I. 

Other than the Montreal and St. 
Johns, the pooled cities above the 
border -are Winnipeg, Ottawa and 
■Vancouver. -Vaudeville will ' con- 
tinue to be booked In them by 
Keith's. 

A company has been formed to 
operate the pooled houses. It Is 
named Radio-Kelth-Orpheum, Can- 
ada, Ltd. Included in it is the Pan- 
tages house, Toronto. 



5th Ave/s Discipline 

Meyer Golden, vaude producer, 
who has the Four Broadway 
Clowns, quartet of weatefn girls, 
new to Broadway, working In the 
east now, filed a protest with the 
New York stagehands' union against 
the treatment accorded the girls 
when they opened at Proctor's 6th 
Ave., New York, Sunday. 

The union In turn Investigated 
the matter and the act reported no 
further trouble after Monday. 



OUTSIDE UniT'S ROUTE 

Tishman & O'Neal's "Docks of 
Kew York" is the first Independ- 
ently produced unit act to be 
routed by Keith's for next season 
by Charlie Morrison. 

But two other units have been 
booked as far ahead as the coming 
season by Keith's. They are the 
Ruth Mis and Collegiate units, both 
Keith-produced. 



Eddie Oakford Out 

Eddie Oakford. nephew, of E. F. 
Albee, left the Keith office ye.ster- 
day. 

Oakford had been with the Peer- 
less Booking Office, the film -buying 
department for Keith's. 



Arbitration Committee 
Reynrdl by KeiA Mice Agents 



N. E. Manwaring, C. B. Maddock, 
Edward Keller, Lee Stewart and 
Marty Forklns comprise the Keith 
agents' re'vlved arbitration board. 
They were chosen at an election of 
agents In Keith's directors' room 
yesterday (Tuesday). 

4?hree alternates elected tp serve 
In the absence of regular members 
are Harry Romm, Hugo Morris and 
Maurice Rose. 

I'he brigfIfral''anjTlrafy boai'd,'*dUr^ 
growth of the how defunct Keith 
Agents' . Association, functioned for 
about three weeks.untll ordered dis- 
solved by Geo.rge Gedfrey,. Keith's 
bppklng head.,. At that .tlme.'(?od- 
frey named bimselt as a biie-man 
committee to settle di.sputes be- 
tween ftcts, tigents and the ))o6k- 
Ing office. 

New board -was 'Tortned at 'G'bd- 



frey's suggestion, laid before the 
agent body at a meeting in the 
booking office late Monday night. 
The election the following day was 
attended by agency heads exclu- 
sively. 

Report was current that a cer- 
tain faction attempted to rush In 
a board of its own selection, but 
postponement of voting until Tues- 
day routed the plan. 

The same rules drawn -up' by the 
former short lived board will apply 
-to— the— new— onei- — . 

Cases most frequently confronting 
the board, it is expected, will be 
those involving applications from 
acts for transfer from one agency 
to another or claims of overpay- 
ments of commission. When the 
agents cannot reach a entlsfactory 
agreement among theiii.selvt.'s mat- 
ters will be referred to Uodfrey lor 
final ."ettlenient. ' " 



■ Opinions contradicting the claim 
that sound films have become 
vaudeville's chief bopgey man are 
being met by an overwhelming 
number of cold facts. Those doubt- 
ing that talkers will seriously af- 
fect the vaude situation this sum- 
mer are now a burled minority. 

Hpuses that have never dropped 
vaude before are dropping it in 
favpr of straight sound pictvire bills. 
Some have stated that If attendance 
for the film policies is In any -«'ay 
superior to that in the past for 
vaude, the latter m&}- be out for 
good; 

Other vaude man.^fers who have 
habitually closed shop over the 
summer months have found a 
way to reduce operating espenKes 
through sound pictures and are 
staying open this summer, violat- 
ing their own ancient summer law 
for the first time. More than 200 
theatres, scattered .all over the 
counti-y, are In that class, 

Keith's I vaude circuit Is daily 
turning more antl more of Its stands 
into straight picture house, In New 
York and the middle west Loew's 
Is doing the same In many spots. 

Among Keith-owned, or booked 
vaude theatres to rely on straight 
sound this summer are those in suc)i 
important cities aa Dayton, Cincin- 
nati (Palace), Toledo, Memphis, 
Grand Rapids, Detroit- (Uptown and 
Hollywood) and Springfield, 111.; In 
New York, Richmond Hill and Pros- 
pect already, with several '.ithere 
due. 

Announcements of iheutres <luok- 
ing vaude for sound are clogging up 
the bulletin boards In the booking 
office, and the boys with tlttinib- 
tacks are tripping over each other. 

Sound may do something el.se be- 
sides reducing the number of vaude- 
playing theatres. It will keep more 
houses open this summer than ever 
before. .'O 



NO PAY-OFF COMPLAINTS 



Tvfb ' Acts Proceed - Against Lyric, 
Hackensacki and Robbjns, Booker - 



Ward and Diamond. tv.-o-»oi, and 
Babe Montana Revue, have - ein(<-i-ed 
twin- complcints with the v.mpa 
against the Lyric, HaokenKack, N. J., 
charging the house with failure to 
pay off, and John Robbing. Indie 
booker of New York, who nlloged 
to have booked the date (April 7). 

The acts,: in tbe complalnt.s. .suite 
they referred . the case to their 
agent, who In turn sent tliMii to 
Bobbins. 

Answering the VMPA. rtobbins 
denied having anything to do with 
booking the Rackensack thenii;':' nnd 
the acts concerned, claimin't; they 
were bppked by Gene Belasco. No- 
body seems to know Gene P.-i.nsco. 

The theatre Is not under the 
'VMPA Jurisdiction and de.'lineJ to 
answer the complaints. 



ALL SIX-DAT BILLS 

Next week (June 9) will be .i six- 
df.y week in all Keith theatres open- 
ing their shows on the Siituiday 
policy, June 16. Split-week houses 
will not split that week, Imit play 
the same bill six days. 

All theatres so affected will u.4« 
"Close Harmony" (Par) as .i six- 
day picture. Keith's expects the film 
to hold up for two extra day." in tb? 
normal half-week splits. 



Bob Burns Out . 

Bob Bums Is out of the Pai)tf>i;*a 
office in New York, with Ed Milne 
taking pver -the asst booker's du- 
ties. Economy was given as the 
reason. 

It Is denied Teresa 'Weideman, 
former secretary of the ciroMlt's 
owner on the coast. Is to taJ-:* 
Burns' place. 



Waldman With Hart 

Shep Waadman, with the Hf.rry 
Weber agency, for tlie pa.st four 
years, ■will tran.efer tp Msx Hai't's 
office. ; ; - • , 

Waldman and Eddie ResnioU wiiX 
Ae.^gjL .thfi^KeitiiJJteflking floori^ 
Hurt. 



Omaha Opening Friday ' 

Orpheum (Keith's), Omnhfi. ■wiT) 
be another exceptlPn In Keiih's 
change to Saturday ppenlnt-. Jjr;' 
15. 

Omaha fhow.s wjll op<;. 'i-'V 
earlier (l-riday) lo asOiu <.<.iiiiii: ■ '•< !■ 
on jnmp.s-; ■ '" '; - ' 



Wednesday, June s,, 1999 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



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Pat Casey Gives Away 22-Year-Old 
Vaude Agency to Weedon-Schultz 



Geot'£re:]^eedpik and .7;ohn Schultz 
oil .June 15 will atep Into, the Rat 
Ctiaey Agency, aa- Ita owners,^ a -gift 
to them frbin ' Pat ' Casey. 

With Casey's "Czar" position In 
the. welfare end o£ the variety field 
with the V. M. P. A. and N. "V. A. 
under his direction, Pa:t thought It 
'lnadviaa)>Ie to continue his 22-' 
year- old agency longer under his 
name. ■ 

Other agents attached to the 
Casey office are Pete Mack. Ken- 
neth Ryan, Lester Walters and Tim 
O'Donnell; In operation, Weedon 
will bb' the Inside office man and 
Schultz on the Keith floor with two 
others.' . ' . 

It's an ot>en question If Pat wasn't 
pleased with the out for his name 
agency that never made ii dollar' 
fdr ' him personally. While a gen- 
erous gift and at a time when 
with ' any ddrt of attention the 
agency should yield a substantial 
.Income; Pat had grown tired, no 
doubt, of seeing the agency for the 
past 10 years brealc even or go in. 
the red. It seemed In the red more 
often than' in the blacic, arid this 
through the tiines when the Casey 
Agency was drawing Its full - 6 per 
cent, commission through th6 now 
abandoned' Collection Agency. 
Adjusted Advanced Vaude 

It was in 1907. Pat started the 
agency. Previously he had been 
with William Morris. Just' before 
opening the boo1<ing place, Pat had 
adjusted the manifold, mlx-upd 
brought about through the Klaw 
& Erianger Advanced Vaudeville. 
Keith and Orpheum circuits then 
bought out K. & E. for $260,000. 

■The sale left many things In the 
air for Advanced 'Vaudeville. K-O 
assumed the liability of contracts. 
There were many of these un- 
played, with several foreign acts 
under agreement and hundreds of 
various claims. Pat applied skillful 
attention and patience, working the 
whole thing out under enormous 
difficulties and satisfying every one 
concerned. 

Upon- the completion of hlS 'Work,' 
A. it Erlanger asked Pat to go with 
him, guaranteeing Casey he would 
net not less than $26,000 'yearly 
with the Erlanger office. An offer 
came from the Keith booking floor 
of a Casey franchise as an' agency. 
Pat decided that at the hekd of his 
own agency lie would not be re- 
sponsible to anyone but hlmcelf and 
elected that end. 

"Promises" 

The Casey office leaped into im- 
mediate favor. Within eigl\t months 
It, w£is the leading vaudeville 
agency. 

Not long after Pat commenced to 
monkey around. That was when 
he commenced receiving those 
promises and started to give more 
attention to the technical workings 
of the Keith and Orpheum circuits 
tlian he did to his own business. 
With the formation of. the Vaude- 
ville Managers' Protective Asso- 
ciation, Pat became its general 
manager at a salary of $15,000 an- 
nually, meanwhile holding onto his 
agency but letting his individual at- 
tention to it slide altogether. 
. The promises continued and so 
did Pat's agency, pat often had to 
dig for the agency's payroll. At one 
time there was a report a Casey 
agency trustie did a walkout with 
the bank roll. After that the agency 
never got another b. r. 

Weedon has been' with Pat for 
years. So have others ' In the 
agency, particularly Tim O'Don- 
nell. Schultz was lately a booker 
and producer in Keith's. He had to 
go west for his health. Upon 
Schultz return a new administra- 
tion was running Keith's. 



Brennan's Girl Partner 

Jay Brennan, who was last with 
"Floretta," has called off his pro- 
Posed trip to Los Angeloa to work 
In the new. Fanny Brice talker, hav- 
- WS.letTOed.a lijswjiraude partnership 
^itiT Ann ButlVf,T'ormerly'bf ■ PaifK-' 
er and Eutler. 

Miss Butler's partner, Jay Parker, 
died recently of pneumonia. . 

Soph Sliding in ' 
Sophie Tucicer, now on her way 
back east, will be at the Palace, 
New York, week June 15. 



DISAPPEARS AGAIN 



Helene Vance Vanishes for 2d Time 
in 5 Mons.-7Cpps say "Abduction" 



'. Los Angeles, June 4. 

Helen Vance, dancer, mysteriously 
disappeared after doing her act at 
Bert Levey's Hippodrome here May 
21. She is sold to have left the 
theatre with her mother, but when 
her mother, went to a drug store 
to phone the girl faded. 

Case reported to police who an- 
nounced she is l>elieved to have been 
abducted. 

This is Miss Vance's second dis- 
appearance in the post five months. 



Death Starts Probe 
On Coast Qoack Ring 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
As a result of the death of Del- 
phtne 'Walsh, Fanchon and Marco 
chorus girl, from an Illegal opera- 
tion, the Board of State Medical 
Examiners has started an investi- 
gation into an alleged ring of doc- 
tors. 

A number of so-icalied physicians 
have been found who have lieen 
dealing exclusively in this Illegal 
practice. . 
.'Board is withholding names until 
sufficient proof is gathered. 

It Is expected that the trial of 
Doctors Traxler and Landeman, 
charged with first degree murder as 
a result of the death of Miss Walsh, 
will bring out much information as 
to the "ring." A number of the- 
atrical people are tied in as wit- 
nesses, and H. A- Moran, technical 
director for F. & M., faces charges 
of being an accessory to the fact as 
a result of an alleged signed death- 
bed confession of the dancer. 



Josie Rooney-Copelaikd 
Wins Alienation Case 

A Suprepie Court Jury In . Judge 
Druhan's court in. Mineola, L. L, 
reported a writ of assessment, 
$36,000, in favor of Mrs. Josie Cope- 
land, of Baldwin, once a vaudeville 
performer and sister of Pat Rooney, 
against Mrs. J. Scott Anderson, her 
mother-in-law. Mrs. Copeland 
claimed alienation of the affections 
of her husband. Husband and wife 
were happy until tbe mother-in-law 
came to their house In Baldwin and 
upset the household, she alleged. 

The mother-in-law Is charged 
with attempting to promote divorce 
proceedings between the two. 

Mrs. Copeland claimed she was 
mioklng $626 a week before her mar-, 
riage but decided to quit the stage 
and settle down with her husband. 

The action was undefended with 
Mrs. Anderson away In Africa, with 
Josle's husband. 



$2,500 FOR HELEN KANE 

Paid by Keith's — Piano Player 
Extra — No Competitive Bidding 

Keith's is paying Helen Kane 
$2,600 for this week at the Palace, 
New York. It Is also ■ paying for 
Miss Kane's piano player. 

A year ago. Miss Kane, the kiddie 
voiced cutie Singer, received $260 
weekly with a Publix unit. She left 
it to go with the Hammerstein show, 
"Good Boy," at $400 a week, getting 
the latter, salary until the close of 
"Good Boy" a couple of weeks ago. 

While with the show Miss Kane 
doubled for a spell at the Casanova 
night club, receiving $600 weekly in 
the cafe. 

From reports there was no com- 
petitive bidding for Miss Kane in a 
vaudehouse. 



THAI BASEBALL UBGE 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
-• Eddle^Leonard Jias. finished "Har- 
mony Lane" for U. and is en route 
to New Yorlc. 

U. wanted Leonard to make an- 
other picture this summer, but he's 
hungry for big league baseball, 
Leonard will remain in the east 
until after the World Series and 
then return hero to resume his pic- 
ture work. 




KENNETH HARLAN 

Booked Solid 
R-k-O Circuit 
DIrecUon MILT LEWIS 



ACrORDRAGGED 
OFF STAGE BY 
MUSICIAN 



Nice Muss at Indiana, 
Terre Haute— "Nance" 
Implication 



Terre Haute, June 4. 

An aitflence for ttie final per- 
formance at the Indiana Sunday 
night was thrown Into an uproar 
when a pit musician climbed onto 
the stage, grabbed George Wilson, 
an actor by the throat, pulled him 
Into the wings and later forced Wil- 
son to return In front, apologizing 
to the house for making a reference 
to the musician as a "nance." 

As Wllsop reiached the ' center of 
his act called/ "Oh, Professor,", he 
Included the pit orchestra as "five 
men and two other people." Pointing 
to .the bass player, Wilson added 
th^re was one he couldn't vouch 
for. 

The musician, infuriated, leaped 
over the footUgJits, grabbed the 
actor and after a heated argument 
In the wings, returned to the stage 
wltii Wilson still In his grip. 

During this scene, the audience, 
aghast, started to. leave. Some re- 
mained standing by their seats. The 
curtain was lowered and the stage 
darkened by the cries of Wilson's 
partner. Addle Beer. 

Backstage Wilson fell to the flotir 
screaming his heart was falling. 
The management was called upon 
to adjust the afFalr. 
Not an unusual example of the 
' "license allowed by vaud theatres 
to comedians' ad libblng. 

George Wilson has been a stand- 
ard turn In his class, mostly In 
the middle west for years. 

It 'was not until yesterday that 
the local manager smoothed out the 
rufnes. Wilson at first agreed to 
appear, but not if the fast work- 
ing bass viol player remained In the 
pit By yesterday afternoon's first 
performance though, things had 
quieted down. 

Thi bass player did his work In 
the pit and Wilson did his on the 
stage, but the Wilson act had to 
undergo some deletion. 



Al Weber's Runout 

Chicago, June_4> 
Al Weber, of Lew M. Goldberg's 
"AI Weber Revue," left the act flat 
after playing Mangfleld, O., Isist 
week. 

Four other people in the act were 
left stranded In Mansfleld until 
Goldberg wired them fares to Chi- 
cago, 



IKfflET HASEOI^BACZ 

jenny Goldstein, YlddisIt'~dFa~ 
matic star, and Loney Haskell, re- 
turning to vaude, and will head a 
five-people act In vaude. Keith's has 
booked the turn through Lee Stew- 
art. 

Loney will do the announcing, 
from reports, much la the same 
manner as he did years ago. 



Divorces in Chi Made Possible by 
Ktes or Hits by Eitber Mate 



MAX HART'S ILLNESS 



Worry Over Stock Market Brings oh 
Slight Stroke . 



Max Hart, the agent. Is out . of 
danger and recovering under con- 
stant medical surveillance, follow- 
ing a slight stroke. In the opinion 
of his doctors, he will be up and 
around In two weeks. 

Hart was stricken *Jay 29 at his 
home In New York, the shock 
knocking him out of bed. His right 
side was affected. He la said to 
have been troubled over the recent 
stock market drop. 



MANAGER ROGERSSLAMS 
HIS COMEDIAN, HOUSE 



It was about Ave in the afternoon 
when a traffic, cop at Broadway and 
43rd street noticed a car stop, one 
man drag another from It. with the 
dragger slamming the. dragee. 

Walking over the policeman pro- 
tested, saying they couldn't do those 
things on his beat without permis- 
sion and what was It all about? 

"This' is Billy House, the come- 
dian,'^ said the slammer, ''and I'm 
Harry Rogers, his ' ntanager.' We 
have Just left our lawyers, 'O'Brleri, 
Malevlnsky & ' Drisc'oll. ' 

"This is Mr. House's ' car itiid lie 
started to drive . me to my . hoteli 
While driving, he started an 'dr'gu- 
ment. Then he commenced t'6 call 
me names. Then he hit me. I can't 
afford to let- an actor act that way 
to his manager so I told him to 
stop the car. You saw the resL" 

Both men were told to disperse by 
the cop, whereupon Rogers ordered 
House back Into the car and started 
to go In after Mm^ , . . r 

No More Trouble 

"What are ybu going In that car 
for? Looking for more trouble?" 
asked the cop. 

'I'm this fellow's manager,", re- 
plied Rogers. "He started, to drive 
me to my liotel aind I'm going to see 
that he flnlshes the Job," with wlilch 
the car started away with' both mein 
In IL No further casualties' reported. 

The inside account appears- to be 
that Rogers and House had called 
on their attorneys relative to ; a plc.t 
ture offer for House. The comedian 
is under contract to the Shuberts 
through arrangement with Rogers. 
The latter Is his engagement dlrec'- 
tor when not actually in a Shubert 
show. 

With House laying off at present, 
Rogers secured a picture making 
date. This led to a dispute between 
them, apparently settled between 
themselves after consulting counsel. 

When the Shubert ofHce heard 
about the wild ride. It ordered House 
to report for rehearsal In a show, 
Leaving Rogers again In the air, 
indef. 



BUDDY SHOOTS GIRL 

Eleanor Wilhelm Wouldn't Rejoin 
Him in Vaude Act 

Detroit, June 4. 
Because she refused to team with 
him again, William Howard See, 
known in vaude as Buddy Howard, 
shot Mrs. Eleanor Wilhelm, 24,' 
chorus girl, as she was leaving, the. 
stage entrance of the Palace the- 
atre. 

After his arrest, See said he had 
met Mrs. Wilhelm through her hus- 
band, now desid. Following his death 
they arranged a vaude act, but It 
went blooey at Buffalo. Since then 
See has been living In Chicago. 

Mrs. Wilhelm camie here In the 
fall and Joined the chorus of the 
Palace theatre. She received many 
threatening letters from See which 
were turned over to the police. 

The police are awaiting the re- 
sult of Mrs. Wllhelm's injuries. She 
is in the Receiving Hospital. 



N^.V'.J^ijyi.eeting 



With Wiliiam Fox, president of 
the N, V. A., reported still confined 
to his home with bothersome boils, 
no meeting for the N. "V. A. has as 
yet been called by Pat Casey. 

At the V. M. P. A. office it Is ex- 
pected a statement of the recent. 
N. V, A. drive will shortly be in 
readiness. 



Oilcago, June 4. 

When a^man bites a dog, that's 
news; wl>4n a man bites a wife, 
that's divorce. 

So opines Marguerite Fiynn, of 
vaude, who has started suit against 
Joe Fiynn, a dick. Not the only 
count listed against Joe; In March 
of 1926 he is claimed to have given 
the helpmeet a discolored lens, and 
on' April 16, 192S, Is alleged to have 
pulled out the old gat and threat- 
ened' to make a spot for IHies. 
Marguerite blew after that, getting 
in . touch with Attorney Ben Ehr' 
lich. 

Those who don't get ecstatic over 
the idea of a guy gnawing his wife 
may bust a button over the case of 
CalVBrna Jackson, concert singer, 
versus Harry L. Jump. Calverna 
hais It that Jump appeared quite 
junipy at breakfast the morning of 
Sept. 6, 1927, fldgety at any Ilttld 
annoyance. 

Finally Jump Jumped up and 
threw some coffee, including the 
cup, at his wife. Calverna's dome 
jumped at the cup, she Jumped on 
her back, and the floor Jumped up 
to meet her. Jump Jumped out the 
door. 

Attorney Ben Ehrllch hopped over 
to Superior court and got Calverna 
a decree with custody of the two 
kids. 

George Walsh, of Harry Pearl's 
New York' iigency,. has Sled "suit 
against . Sadie Walsb through At- 
torney Phillip R. Davis. Sadie- Is 
said to' Have hit ' ^alsh in the pa^ 
with her pocketb'ook, and 'then 
realizing the futility of a soft piece 
of drygbods. Is alleged to have 
flnaled with several more weighty 
kitchen' utensils. Opening tsong, 
ofteit .known by the nickname of 
marrtage. was sounded In Ma^ 'of 
1922. ■ 

Sooka Win 

The socks, .had it almost unanU 
mously...Iast week. Ella Zlmmer, 
cafe entertainer, was another of the 
seltr'ldentlfled victims, Sadie ha^p- 
pened to be . dancing with another 
geiit yrl^en Joe Zlmmer walked Into 
the cafe. Joe .Is alleged to have 
kept on walking until he reach.ed 
wiflei glying her a paste In the 
eye, putting, th^. gal In a k.a stupor. 
The Zimmers were married in' 1921, 
and split last January. 

Attorney Ben.EhrljicI^ has hatf the- 
bad eye, photographed tor reference 
purposes. 

Hazel DeVoe^ .known profession- 
ally as Hazel Mack, has started suit 
for divorce from Harry Pe'Voe on 
charges of cruelty and drunkenness. 
Marriage, lasted five , years, and' 
complaint Is being handled by 
Attorney .Irving Elseman. ' ' . 

May Arnold, Jewish stock. p)ayer, 
was granted a divorce, from Sam 
Arnold for desertion. Hubby left the 
wife and three kids In June, 1924, 
after - sly years of It, May repre- 
sented by Attorney Ehrllch. 

Loretta. McDermott Cox, whose 
New York night club was among 
the .recent federal Indictments, se- 
cured a divorce here from Eddie 
Cox, dancer, for desertion. Mar- 
riage . was in 1920, and desertion 
seven years later. 



Strong-Man Travis Said 
115-Poiinder Beat Tim! 

Warren C. Travis, "strong man," 
brought William Pollack, 60, and 
weighing 116 pounds. Into the Coney 
Island court, chetrglng him with 
third degree assault. Travis weighs 
titrlce as much as Pollack. 

Travis , claimed In court that the . 
dispute arose over a real estate 
deal they were Interested In. Pol- 
lack claimed Travis struck the first 
blow: Magistrate Eilperin, not Im- 
pressed, dismissed it 

Pollack at one time was an aerial 
artist but has since turned real es- 
tate broker. 



Murdock Coming Back 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
J. J. Murdock is due to leave here 
Thursday (6), returning east 



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Wednesday, Junie 5, 1929 




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V A UD E VIL L E 



VARIETY 



31 





01 



Los Angeles, Jiine 4. 
Chain vaude houses In the west 
playlns vaudfllm (talkers) are pay- 

. iag an Increase of 300 ■ to (500 per 

■cent In ' film rentals for sound pic- 
tures and instead of havlngr In- 
creased ' receipts and showlne: a 

.profit are operating at a loss, 
. In - 1928' fllma were bought for 
fSOO to $600 a week first run 
for the8« houses. Since sound came 
In rentals have jumped. to a mlnl- 
muin of $1,600 and a maximum of 
$9,500 a week. 

In a check on three corresponding 
weeks of the current year with 1928 
one sheet shows where a silent 
picture, drew but $81 less than a 
$14,317 miker and made a profit at 
that gross.' of around' $3;000. On the. 
talking' picture. house lost just .a bit 
jnore than $2,000., For. the silent 
films It paid $2,660- less. For its 
Taude acts the' same, $4,100. As a 
result ot talkers house salaries In- 
creased $400 a week with the genr 
eral disbursements being $4,250 

; more every seven days. 

- ' Another comparison Is that where 

' this year house did $3,100 more on 
a corresponding., week than last 

. jr^, business shows a $1,700 In- 
crease in .film rental and a . loss of 
$90 on the week against a profit of 
$160 last year. On another • week 
where this year $1,200- more was 
taken In tha.n on a. corresponding 
week of last year, $1,200 more was 
paid' for film and a loss, of more 
than. $1,700. shown In comparison 
with*^ profit of almost $l,00O'a~year 

Theatres Proposed 



EMt SyracDM, }l. T.— (Aloo btqrea) : 
.1100,000. E. Manllus street. Owner 
UlchMl Albaness. Architect wl^hlielfl. 
Polloy not given. 

Fdlton, M. T.— (Quirk, alt.): $}SO,OeO. 
Owner, M. Bloom, Syracuse. Architect, 
it. J. De Angells, same. Policy not given. 

Hamlltdn; Oblc— 11,260.000. Rtgb 
■treet near Front avenue. Owner, Ham-' 
Uton Theatre Co. Architects, Hooper & 
Januscb, Chicago. Policy not given, 

Harrer, HI- — (Aleo apt., bldg. and 
•tor«8) : }27(,000. 16330-36 Broadway.: 
Owner withheld. Archltecta, R; Levlne 
ft Co, Policy not given. 

rentnater. Mlelr£-;(fl#,..rebulld> : tit,' 
•00. Owner, O. Blrdsey; 'J^nbltec.t noV 
•elected. Policy not given. 

Port Jefferson, N. Y. — (Also stores and 
apt building): 1160,004. Jones street 
opposite Arden place. Owner, Allerton 
theatre Co. Archlteot, Hyman Rosen- 
eon, Newark, >f. J. Policy not J!lvcn. . 
. (rlpt«a, Ind.— (Are, rebuild): $36,000. N. 
Ualn' street. Owner, Maisonlc Lodge. 
Architect and engineer, Lew J. RIchatd, 
Indianapolis. Policy not given. 



Coast Road Shows Out 



Chicago, June 4. 

Western Vaudeville Coast road 
shows, formerly booked out of' Chi- 
cago by Dick Hoftm'an, will be dis- 
continued this week. 

.Understanding here is that the 
Coast vaude is being dropped for 
the summer only and will continue 
again next fall. 



Students Wreck Albee 

Providence, June 4. 
Lobby of Albee theatre and en- 
trance of Arcadia, downtown ball- 
room, were, damaged when Brown 
University freshmen on annual 
whobpee turned - town upside down.' 
Two' were shot and scores .injured 
In riot when cops used billies and 
revolvers. 

Albee lobby was littered with 
hundreds of eggs and debris before 
cops could subdue mob. Arcadia 
ballroom box office was smashed 
and store front windows In same 
building shattered. 



Banberger With Loew's 

' Therom Banberger is with, the 
Loew publicity office, 
■'^nberger replaces William 
Fields, there temporarily. 



Pay Off With ;^pte"! 



,. Essex theatre, Newark, ' N. ;Jr.. 
.booked In New'Tork by Perfly Oakes 
{indie), has borrowed jthe IttJtle the- 
atre co-operative salary Idia as a 
new form of pay-oS for vaude acts. 
' House splits the grqss SO-50 with 
the actors, latter dividing their end 
in proportion to regular salaries. 
After the acts receive their split, 
usual commission goes to the book- 
ing office. 

Management is taking no chances 
since under normal conditions the 
stage payroll usually equals half 
of the gross anyway. The acts have 
to do the worrying about weather, 
etc, 

' With the heat now coming on, 
there is . a proposal up to pay off 
with large paper bags, filled with 
helium gas and stamped "apples." 



Assy May Book All 

Midwestern Keith's 



Chicago, June 4. 

Altlibugh by going into a sound 
policy for the summer and .tem- 
porarily calling off^any booking ac- 
tivities, the Ass'n when resuming 
vaude bills next fall will probably 
be booked out of the west. 

Western theatre managers agree 
this la the best booking procedure 
as the western agents and bookers 
know what Is suited for the teiTltory. 
Too many glaring examples of "un- 
loadlngs" and poor eastern bookings 
have occurred to be tolerated In the 
future by western managers. Acts 
with a name in the east, but entirely 
unknown out here, have been book- 



•Jd into western hoUses At stiff siil- 
arles forbidding any profit by houses 
becayse of the acts', additional dis- 
advantage of drawing power. 

Unloading oiE high priced acta In 
houses using inexpensive bills was 
one of the rensons numerous inde- 
pendent hoUses'left the jiss'n under 
the old regime and started buying 
.arts from the independents. 



Fpx, Only, in Jamaica 

Vaude competition in the Jamaica 
section which ranged so hot a 
week or so ago has finally narrowed 
the field down to one lone house 
offering vaudefilm. That's Foi 
Jamaica. 

First Keith dropped vaude from 
its Richmond Hill theatre,' then 
Loew's Hillside Monday followed 
suit. ."Both are playing pictures. 





"THE LOOSE NUT" 

Game here for an experiment and looks a,s if I will remain 
here for an extended period, for which I am booked 
solid, at the c6nclusior]( of which will probably 
play Gerriiany, for which I have - an offer 



Direction 

REEVES & LAMPORT 

LONDON 



' ' '.Direction 

MARTY FORKINS 

New YORK 



Mons. 

COSCIA 

and 

Baron 

VERDI 

In "Artistic Oddities" 

Capitol Theatre 
New York 



"Coscia and Verdi are last with 
a( violin duo which the comedian 
makes the mop-up of the show. 
He gets a laugh on his entrance 
and after that he has only .to lift 
an eyebrow to get them going 
algaln. With a good personality, 
he is halfway In' before he.starta, 
blit he builds Up on this for' one 
Of the biggest laughs in\yi'eeks. 
After them there Is no chance for 
anything else.". 

Direction LYONS & LYONS 



Ever 

Progressive! 

'The 'Coming Season' Will See 
the Most Astounding Innova- 
tion ever Offered in Vaudeville 

Presented, 
Of Course, by 

MERCEDES 

America's Master Showman 




VARIETY OF VARIETYS 






THIS WEEK 



\' ■ 



LOEW'S 




NEW YORK 

Co-Featured 



'~A^>/^-;\--;;"''^''.^ 



DEZSO 
RETTEk 




Maestro 



NANCY DECKER 

"JOY GIRL" 



ALEX HYDE s i ORCHESTRA 



HARRY CARTER 

WITH 

_ . iUBOW. And DUPREE 

CARL RITCHIE 
8 HAYDEN CHESTER GIRLS 
RONNIE HART MELODISTS 




ALEX HYDE 

"JOY BOY** 



Commencing June 16 
INTERSTATE CIRCUIT 



Personal Management 
JOHN HYDE, "WM. MORRIS OFFICE" 



32 



V A R I E T Y 



Wednesday, June 6, 1829 



I (MTi civt m mwm mi ms^ 



STAR 




AFTER T 





Tliis week marks the lOdi anniversary of the HOUSE OF MILLS. 
At this milestone in the history of pur husiness, we pause to survey our 
record of accomplishments in the music publishing field during the past decade. 




Our eatalog contains songs by the best authors and composers in 
the profession. Among the thousands of publications bearing the im- 
print of MILLS MUSIC, Inc. are compositions by writers like GUS KAHN, 
WALTER DONALDSON, BUD DE SYLVA, EDGAR LESLIE, BILLY ROSE, JEAN 
SCHWARTZ, BENNY DAVIS, BILLY JEROME, LEW POLLACK, ZEZ CONFREY, 
RUBE BLOOM, JOE BURKE, BERT GRANT, PETE WENDLING, AL DUBIN, 
HARRY CARROLL, TED SHAPIRO, ELMER SCHOEBEL, PEASE and NELSON, 
HARRY AKST, SILVIO HEIN, DOROTHY FIELDS, JIMMY McHUGH. 




In tlie mareli of progress we have absorbed the following catalogs: 
GUS EDWARDS MUSIC CO., STARK & COWAN^ JOE DALY MUSIC 
CO., HAROLD DIXON MUSIC PUBLISHING CO. and the best numbers from the 
catalogs of McCARTHY & FISHER, Inc., FRED FISHER, Inc. and KENDIS & 
BROCKMAN. 




Novelties s We pioneered in the publication of modem novelty 
piano solos, popularizing many instrumental hits, such as Kitten on 
the Keys, Dizzy Fingers, Flapperette, Soliloquy, Spring Fever, Dog on the Piano. 




High class songs s Our catalog contains some of the best songs 
that have been written in years. Among the prominent authors and 
composers who have contributed to this library are CLARA EDWARDS, SILVIO 
HEIN, HORATIO NICHOLLS, CARLO and SANDERS, J. KEIRN BRENNAN. 




Bines and stomps: Included in this catalog of standard blues 
and stomps for orchestra are Farewell Blues, Riverhoat Shuffle, Bugle 
Call Rag, and many others which ^vill live as long as jazz is played. 



MILLS 




MILLS 

148-150 West 461 



JACK MUXSs President 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



VARIETY 



33 



m YEARS 






Edition Supremes This special catalog of sheet music contains 
the besfworks of the old masters and hundreds of modem and stand* 
aid vocal and instrumental compositions of the better class. 



Musical Productions: We are represented in this field by: 

Lew Leslie's "BLACKBIRDS"— 

lyrics by Dorothy Fields, music by Jimmy McHugb. 

"ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC"— 

lyrics by Dorothy Fields, music by- Jimmy McHugh. 

"HELLO D ADDY" («> aasocUtion with Harms, Inc.) 

lyrics by Dorothy Fields, music by Jimmy McHugh. 

*'THE CASEY GIRL"— 

book dyWillard Mack, lyrics by Wm, Jerome, music by Jean Schwartz. 

Connie's *'HOT CHOCOLATES"— 

lyrics by Andy Bazaf, music by Thomas Waller and Harry Brooks. 




To Motion Picture Producers: To meet the music needs of 
the new and growing talking picture industry, we have reshaped our 
policy and personnel so that today we are in the enviable position of offering 
to this great industry the world wide rights to works by composers like 
HENRY HADLEY, MORTIMER WILSON, WERNER JANSSEN. 

We have recently acquired the publishing rights in America of several impor- 
tant foreign catalogs which will add over five thousand compositions to our 
ever increasing library of standard, popular and cinema publications. 

Closely and exclusively ass€»eiated with us are 
DOROTHY FIELDS and JEIOIY McHUGH 

Americans foremost songwriters 




This record of ten years we look back to with pardonable pride. 
It is the foundation upon which we have built, and are building, a 
promising future. We recognize with genuine feelings the thanks that we ow6 
to all our friends who have helped us to attain this position in the music pub- 
lishing industry. To them, and to the whole profession, we extend our sincere 
appreciation and hope that such harmonious and co-operative relationships 
^vill continue. 



[JSIC, INC. 

Street. New York 



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34 



VARIETY 



V A U D E V I L L E 



Wednesday;- Jtme' S, liB!^ 



Fox Vaudfihn Houses Opening on 
Saturdays; Loew May FoUow Suit 



Fox will Dtring alone with Keith's 
and open all vaude and combina- 
tion houses on Saturday in the fu- 
ture. Commencement of Saturday 
opening will "be on the same day 
for both circuits, June 15. 

Loew's has tentatlx-ely decided on 
elmilar change of opening day, 
pending decision this week. 

Fox and Loew theatres now open 
Monday, the split weeks changing 
Thursday. 

Concurrent opening date change 
by Fox at the same time as Keith's 
is highly important to acts, in tbalt 



there is still the chance to close 
for either circuit one day and open 
for the other the next. 

Loew's change, should that be the 
result, may be motivated by the 
same reason. 

In the Fox split weeks, with both 
Saturday and Sunday falling in the 
same "half," the stage and screen 
bill for that division wiU be con- 
siderably superior to the last "half" 
show. In the splits. Fox probably 
will reserve the stronger pictures 
and stage names for the week-end 
split. Same procedure will be neces- 
sary in the Keith houses. 



AUiambra Hieatre, London 



WEEK OF 
JUNE 




American Rep. 
FRANK DONNELLY-NORMAN JEFFRIES 



European Reni. ' 
REEVES & LAMPORT 



FORUM 



Plttflbursli, Ma7 SO. 
Editor Variety; 

In Variety, In the Presentation 
reviews, I found the wrlteups about 
Stadler and Rose at tho Pehn 'and' 
us (Duflln and Draper) with the j^-. 
porter stating the dances are alike 
and wondering who stole from who. 
For the enlightenment of all I 
would like to state: 

While dancing on the Coaet a few 
years back Dave Murray started a 
routine of Rag Doll adagio trick:; 
for me and my partner, who was 
at that time Stadler, of Stadler and 
Rose. Three years ago I completed 
the routine and Introduced a few 
comedy gags, and Miss Stadler and 
I did the dance for about a year 
and a half. 

Then through differences of opin- 
ions I decided to break with Stad- 
ler and proceeded to do so. Then 
I found my present partner. Miss 
Draper, and started to work with 
her. We reroutlned the number and 
toured Fanchon and Marco with It. 
On our return I found Stadler and 
Rose doing' tbei same number, and 
they had feven taken the few new 
tricks we had In oiir version. Hence 
the similarity of the routine. 

I say nothing as to who has the 
right to the number or whether 
either or both have a perfect right 
to use it. About the only point is 
that DuOln and Draper had been 
using It for six months' before 
Stadler and Rose. 

Hope this clears everj-thing,. for 
I hate to have any one harbor a 
thought that I steal numbers from 
any one, for so far I've been .able 
to get by on my own work^ 

Matt Dufftn. 



Lombardo'a in Milwaukee 

Chicago, June 4.. 

Guy Liombardo and his Royal Ca- 
nadians orchestra will, play ° the 
Palace, Milwaukee (RKO) for two 
weeks starting Jnly 21. 

It will be Lombardo's first vaude 
appearance outside of Chicago. 
R-K-O Is reported to be paying the 
bandsman |8,000 for the two weeks. 



Res. Seats in Oakland 

Oakland, June 4. 
Orpheum (Keith's) wUI go two- 
a-day June 8, retaining vaudfllm. 
policy. 

Present three-a-day plan will be 
held to week-ends. 



NEW ACTS 



Through the Incorrect billing of 
Ed HlU'o "Turkish Nighta," Va- 
riety's NeW: Acts review mentioned 
Frank MlnWr as being with that 
Mnlt' ' Miller left the act three 
weeks ago.' 

Mantilla and Coltan, two-act. 



"Pool" in Fox N. Y. Houses 

All Fo^ houses in Greater New 
York, except Fox, Brooklyn, this 
week showing ','The Singing Fool," 
with short vaude program: 



Silvers and Saran9ff 

Sid Silvers, Phil Baker's former 
box plant, is returning to vaude in 
a similar specialty, with Saranoff, 
violinist, as his partner. 



Paul Durand, one of the 13 "out" 
Keith agents, goes with C. B. Mad- 
dock. 



INCOHPQRATIONS 

' lEVswIer- tlartn, Buffalo, theatrical: 
Olbaoa Gardner, 'Wllllara O. Sboeraaker, 
Joseph H. Moyurs, 

Caravel EJIms, Manhattan, plctnrea:' 
Ira Skutch,' Aaron W. Ber^, Tina 
Scbwarlx, • -. - 

Qaeena Skooier Co., Manhattan, 
amifsement devices; Robert Lusse, Jo- 
seph Lusse, Peter Wolz. 

Atlr Company, Manhattan, theatrical; 
Arthur L. Ross, William Gross, Dori* 

Jff ftft Cfl 

Ftaqces Rockefeller KUv, Ine., Man- 
hattan, theatricals; Frances Rockefeller 
ICbtSf A. Frank Jones, Louis GlAzer. 
Dlssolatlona 

D. A. t. Theatre Corp., Manhattan, 
Filed hy B. F. Keith-AII>ee vaudevlllo 
exchange, 

Dyokmaa Tlieaire Corp., Nev York. 

Ereland Theatre Corp., - Manhattan, 
Filed by Keith- Albee vaudeville Ek- 
change. 

Chance ot Capital 

Enropenn Grand Opera, Inc., New York. 
200 shares no par value increased to 

tzoo.ooo. 

Gladsnm Ambsement Co., Bronx. From 
16.000 to t20,000. . ' ■ 

Fox HetrapolltaD Plajboase*^ Inc., 

New Tork, 100 shares no par Increased to 
2(0,000 shares — GO, 000 preferred |100 and 
200,000 common no par. 




^burF^GtvithdSiinQle 

"The L.athrop Brothers are as 
smooth AS velvet and as finished 
as you can wish. They set over 
and stay over." 

. — Minneapolis "Tribune." 

Dircctlaor III1,T LCWU 
•Aaaoelivte. Bn.1. COWAN 



"MACK" 



"CHUCK" 



HAL SKELLY'S 

Artistic Home in Rye, N. Y. 

Offered for sale at a tremendous sacrifice, due to long-term contract with' 
Paramount pictures, which necessitates his living In California In- 
definitely. ^ , ,. . . ■■ 
Ideal for professional couple, 7 rooms, rathskeller and garage. An. all 
year round home, located near country clubs, golf Ilnlta and beach. 



' nBT M BONHTES FBOH TIMES SqrABE 
' BICST BE SEEN TO BE APFBBCIATED 
FOB -F17BTHEB P.ABTICCIABS 

TELEPHONE RYE 2075 




RoBBiNS Music Corp. 

Announces With Justifiable Pride 
that 





FOR MANY YEAflS ON^ OF TH^ INDUSTRY'S FOREMOST 

PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS 

HAS JUST JOINED ITS. STAFF IN THAT CAPACITY 



In Mr. Chandler's behalf, we take this means of joining him in a sincere invitation to his legion of friends in the 
profession that they visit him at his new headquarters at their very first opportunity. 

There, while paying their respects, they wiir also be able to hear one of the finest and most diversified catalogs 
in music business, and the greatest, by far, that we have ever offered the American artist. 



Robbins Music Corp. 

799 Seventh Ave. NEW YORK 



y^ednesday, June .5, 1929 



V A R I E T Y 



ARTHUR S. LYONS 
President 



WILLIE EDELSTEN 
Vice President 



SAM SALVIN 
Treasurer 



SAMUEL T. LYONS 
Secretary 




AND 




have the pleasure to announce 

MR. WILLIE EDELSTEN 

as their 

VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSOCIATE 



Mr. Edelsten in his new capacity becomes the exec- 
utive of our foreign business division, having just 
returned from abroad where he established offices in 



LONDON 

Archie Parnell and 
Alfred 2eillin, Ltd. 
li Golden Sq., Piccadilly 



PARIS 

Mr. Bert Howell 
6 Rue de la Poix 



BERLIN 

AAr. Paul Spadoni 
Berlin, W. B. 
Kronenstr, 12 



placing us in a position to render the artist efficient 
international service . . . Mr. Edelsten will continue 
witi) his domestic activities^ cooperating with Mr. 
Arthur Lyons in the production field representing 
the artist to the better managers and producers. 

LYONS AND LYONS 

INCORPORATED 

in ossodaKon with 

WILLIE EDELSTEN 

PARAMOUNT BUILDING IN NEW YORK 

IQS ANGELES: PMogtt Theotre Mg. DETROIT: Fox Theatre BIdg. CHICAGO: Grand Opera Housa 



36 



VARIETY 



V AUDE VILL E 



Wednesday, June 5, 192B 



FOn LOEW CONTROL 

(Continued from page 5) 

ference at the department with date 
of the meeting: dependent Upon 
O'Brien's connrmatlon. Tliat O'Brien 
will require but little time to digest 
the Investigator's reports and be 
ready for that conference Is con- 
ceded here, as he has appeared for 
the Attorney General many times 



during the past several years and 
Is thoroughly familiar with the 
anti-trust procedure. 

Due to these developments those 
liberal In making predictions see the 
scheduled conference heading to 
ward an agreement of some kind. 

Bad Breal< 

Timt it Indicates a bad. break for 
Fox is surmised by these predicting 
enthusiasts. They .see Fox being 



MarcusLoew 

BOOKINGAOENCY 

General Gxecutive Offices 

LOEW BUILDING 
AN N E X 

160 WESX^G^ST* 

' BRYANT 7800 NE W YORK CITY 

J. H. LUBIN 



CEN'EKAL MANAGES 

MARViO SCHENCK 

BOOKING HANAOBB 




CHICAGO OFFICE 

600 WOODS THEATRE BU)'0 
JOHNNY JONES 



CN CHABCE 



GLADYS F. BROWN 

(FORMEBLT OF HENNESST & BROWN) 
ARTISTS' REPRESENTATIVE 
NOW ASSOCIATED WITH 

THOS. J. FITZPATRICK 

And in position to handle new material , for R-K-O and associated 

enterprises 

Phone Bryant 3737 Address, 1103 Palaco Theatr« Bldg^ New York 



BEN LUNDY 

wishes to announce that he is now affiliated with 

LOU IRWIN, Inc. 

and invites his friends to call upon him at Room 1 1 1 0, Bond 
Building, 1560 Broadway. New York 



told to laiv^t himself of the stock 
or a consent decree In the offlng. re- 
quiring Fox to hold' the Loew stock 
as an investment and with the 
courts appointing trustees to whom 
^111 be assigned the stock control 
voting power held by Mr. Pox. 

If the consent decree cannot be 
worked out and O'Brien finds In the 
reports of the investigators suffl- 
clent evidence that Fox Is getting 
Into a position, through the Loew 
and the other deals, so as to con- 
trol competition within the picture 
industry the department has the 
courts open to it to force through 
the decree. 

Plenty of like situations have 
been so handled in the past. The 
New Haven railrohd had to pass its 
control of the Boston and Maine 
over to court trustees with the con- 
dition continuing for years. Read- 
ing faced the same situation in its 
interest In the Jersey Central. 

All of this, however, is looked 
upon here In Washington as surmis- 
ing. The department n>ay have the 
machinery set to go through with 
such a move, but it has done noth- 
ing and admits it will do nothing 
until O'Brien's confirmation. 

First Reversal 

Significant thing is that the de- 
partment has made the investiga- 
tion prying Into every phase of the 
Fox-Loew deal after Fox had been 
told the purchase was okay. The 
first known time that the depart- 
ment so reversed Itself. 

This structure of predictions is 
further strengthened in the rumors 
that C. Stanley Thompson, who has 
been handling the government's 
cases with varying results from the 
department's end Is reported as pre- 
paring to ease himself out of his 
Job. 

Thompson is credited with being 
the official who told Fox the Loew 
deal contained nothing. that the de- 
partment might construe as in vio- 
lation of the anti-trust laws. 



Sablosky-Jeffries Teamed 
Dave Sablosky and Norman Jet- 
fries, among the 13 Keith agents, 
declared out June 1, will team up 
under a single franchise. Of the 
13, they are the only ones rein- 
stated with a franchise. 

The rest have been given per- 
mission to aflSllate with franchised 
Keith agency. 



MARRIAGES 

Beth Bert (dancer) to Mark 
Hanna (Paramount's representative 
In Calcutta), In Calcutta, announced 
May 29. 

Bobe Montclair to Joseph Fox 
(Allen Fox), Greenwich, Conn., May 
28. 

Elinor Gail to R. C. Goleson (non- 
pro). New York, May 21, 

Curtis R. Vance to E. Jane 
Phlpard, Huntington, JL. I., in New 
York, June 1. Bridegroom a director 
of the Harry Miller Co., N, T. 

William Harris, Jr., (producer) to 
Oello Macy Staunton Houston (play 
reader) May 18, in .New York. 

Al Mellno, of Melino Bros, in Pub- 
llx "Volcano" unit, to -Hilda Fer- 
rano, specialty dancer in the same 
show, in Chicago, May 30. 

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., to Joan 
Crawford, New York, June 3. 

Lybble Corem, cafe entertainer, 
to Joel Adler, hotel manager. May 




GEORGE DORMONDE 



and rVONNE 
Irphrnm CIrcolt Bep.i Jenl« Jacob» 



29, In Marlon, Ark. Bride formerly 
was specialty dancer in the Oriental 
theatre, Chicago.'. 

Famz Folko, . manager, Fargo 
theatre. Sycamore, III., to Edna 
Prlntup, In Chicago. 
•Don Tomklns ("Follow Thru") to- 
Phylls Brown (non-pro) New Yorlc. 
June 1. 




GEORGE 




En Route to Vancouver 
SojoumuiK at Banff. 
Springs Hotel . 

My Permit Number Is 9887 

Direction 

Plin. OFFIN— UAX HAYES OFFICE 



A VACDEVU.I.E AOITT<CT WniC'R PRODICES MORE THAN IT PROMIBBS 
CONSISTENT. EFFICIENT SERVICE SINCE 1918 

The f ally Markus YaiiileYllie Agency 

Astor Theatre Bldg., N. W. Cor. 45th St. and Broadway 

Lackawanna 7876 New York City 



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AUSTRALIA 

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State and Important City in Australia 



NEW SOUTH WALES 



Sydney 



Capitol 
State 
Lyceam ** 
Harmsfftet " 

Cf7StaI Falace 
Emprcoa " 
Olynpla *' 
Vnlon do I.nxe 

(HarrlckTlUe) 
Union de Xnie 

(Ashfleld) 
<In aswclatlon) 
Prlace Edwoid, CUr 



ritr Capacitj- 



ssee 

3000 
180« 
COM 

1600 

low 

1000 
2100 

£30« 



1306 



Newcastle 



strand. City 
Roral " 
I.Tiio '• 
Star_(Mei«n|elher) 



Capseltr 



1400 

sooo 

1Z0« 

lloa 



South Coast Circuit 

Cromi. Wollodaoac Capacity MOO 

Tom Hall. WeOoosons •*. 1600 

Royal, BdUI ' lUO 

King*, Thlmnd " 1400 

QUEENSLAND 
Brisbane 

Wlntergaidea, City Capacity MOO 

TlToU " " . STOO 

Mivlntia " " 1200 

Volley " " ISOO 

In auoclatloa wlUi Birch. CamU 
and Coyle. Ltd.: 
Toowoomba 

Empire Capacity ITOO 

Iptwich 

Wlnletsarden Capacity tOOO 

Bundaberg 

New Wlotemidea Capacity 1700 

<la construction) 

Alrodrtjmo ** 1000 



Bansalow 
Alndrome 



Maryborough 

Capacity 

Rockhampton 

Capacity 



WIntcrcardea 
Eartscoort 

Townoville 

Wlatenpudea Capacity 
Olynlpla 

Mount Morgan 
Olympla Capacity 



VICTORIA 
Melbourne 



State. CUy Capacity 
(Australia'* lacseat 
Theatre) 
MaJesHc, City " 
Melba " 
Britannia " " 



1400 
1600 



7000 
3000 



IBOO 

moo 



1400 



4000 



18O0 

I20« 
1000 



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Theatre* Fty.. Ud.: 

. CUy Capacity 1500 
Star " B85 

Straad " " 118G 

In aMOclallon with E. H. Camll: 
Alhenaenn. City CapocUy 1200 

Melbourne Suburbs 



Moonce Fonda 
Bamley 

Smprei**. Prahraa' 
West Bnuuwick 



Capacity 



1400 
lOSO 
IZOO 
1000 



SOUTH AUSTRALIA 



Adelaide 

We«t'* Ofynpla, City, Capacity 

raTllion ' " " 

Orand " " 

York " " 

Wondercrmph " " 



1400 
1100 
1800 
ISOO 



WESTERN 
AUSTRALIA 

Perth 

Ambowadon City Capacity S7S0 
PriDc* of Wales " •• SSOO 

Grand " ■• 

PavlUoa . " 1000 

Fremantle 

FrlttceM Capacity 1400 

TASMANIA 
Hobart 

HU Majesty's, City Capacity ITOO 

Launceston 



Prineeas 
BlaJestIo 



Capacity ICM 
1400 



ALWAYS OPENINGS FOR GOOD PRESENTATION AND BiG'-TrWE ACTS UFTOER THr MOST' CONGENIAL- 
THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRODUCERS PLAY THEIR SILENT AND SYNCHRONIZED PICTURES ON OUR CIRCUITS EXCLUSIVELY 
Addresa Communicationo to STUART F. DOYLE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEAD OFFICE. 251a PITT STREET, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 

or to 

New York Office: 729 Seventh Avenue, New York City, N. Y. 
Los Angeles (Mice: Suite 711, New Orpheum Buildings, Lc»s Angeles^ CaL 
London 0£Fice: Beacon House, D'Arblay Street^ Waurbour Street, London, E. C, 3. 



Wednesday, June 5, 192^ 



FILM HOUSE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



37 



- PARAMOUNT 

' ("Rahi Bahl Rahl"— Unit) 

,. ;,• New Zorlt,' June 1. 

■ijiaat '»?eelc of Budy VWle.e on this 
tun; Paul Ash comes In Saturday. 
: (Ib-le are In -a ''scramble to get the 
psriing ellnipEd ot Riidy. Show as 
Jar as the bo:> office Is concerned is 
the oroonlnfe warbler with -the melt- 
Ipg voice, anU a lot'Oi other people, 
i Periormance : brisk, spirited and 
: ijiell supplied with comedy, and It 
: aeeds all these virtues to counter- 
' talance the feature, "Rainbow Man" 
<Far) which conies In from a, $2 
' yfaii at the Selwyn Just around the 
' cbrner. 'Film rtihs 90 minutes, 
nretty long for this program. Stage 
ahow 40 minutes and ' that about 
fills In the time allowance. Result 
. : Is newsreel Is cut .to about four 
■dips, of silent Paramount and a i;er- 
' itpnctory : six minutes for Jesse 
■ '(C^awf6rd.> Coming directly from u 
. ppeclal run at high scale helps the 
jilcture, but its' length Is against It 
. tor regular, fan: house appeal. 

• jStage'show does nicely, especially 
on tb& jazz music side. No less 

' thap' .three - bands on . the stage — 
.' regular: unit .grb\ip) girl -band in the 
', ilelen. ■. Lewis CoUeglates and Val- 
.lee's Qonnecticut Yankees. :On one 
at a tih^e rand tbeii assemble the 

■ whole for. the .fln.SiI'e, probably 40 or 
. ep jazzltes- at once tor good flash. 
, ^ck Partington put the works to- 

^the^ in. expert style. 
; {Opens'witb group of girls In sweet 
if;;rl graduate . f rock's and boys In 
.flbimels and ylvld sport coats, ap- 
propriate, opening for a collegiate 
" ..i^it. . Set .Is -pretty, college building 

• hack .drop with .two very scholastic 
.:. floors on the sides. 

.■ i Art; Frank on as boys and girls 
> i^t, planting trifling story of uncle 
' '. looking for boy. .relative and going 
: Into flirt&tlon bit with Barbara Ver- 
ijon. She serves as foil for the 
.Frank con>edy study. Of. an old boy 
' Tvlth young ideas, dandy, clean cut 
bft ,of low comedy. Girl's, lively tap 
.leifilianla puts a neat period to the 

■ tiu-n. 

Xiiey flnlsh in "one" and drop flies 
t<> Oisclose the girl band, 10 In num- 
ber, ranged in usual tier form with 
a 'wide studio window as back- 
ground. Miss Lewis does . a neat 
Jiumber in her plek<su'asive contralto, 
ai relief from the husky blues sing- 
ers. Song 1& d^ne in gentle croon- 
ing fashion and impresses. Girls 
obime into vocal ensemble, using 
' th» Vnllee megaphones. 

-.Foursome Quartet, a little awny 
from the college .spirit in futuristic 
overalls, but do nicely with har- 
mony, also in the crooning style, fin- 
ishing in one with a comedy bit, 
not overdone. Boys are valuable 
.throughout in helping out the pic- 
ture. 

v :th their flnl-slr in "one-"' there 
is .1 momentary pause while the 
■trnins of characteristic Vallee 
music ease thro^igh the curtain. 
Patter of. applause from the artor- 
Injr flaps, 'electric rustle of sub-deb 
audience coming to rapt attention. 
Some And this college saxophone 
player and ballad singer. From the 
moment .hei/ appeared tooting his sax 
until he put down the megaphone, 
they didn't dra-^f a full br.eath. Sang 
three numbers," kll of them dripping 
with romance-^"MlS8'Yovi," "You're 
the Only One", and "Vatjabona 
Lover." all great stuff for this spe- 
cial use. 

Ab.sence of an m. c. felt. Lew 
£erU functioned In a catch as catch 
can way but had no elbow room, 
portly because the show wa.i over- 
board on material to start with. 
However, he got in one comedy bit 
In a wrestling bit with Frank and 
a feeding bit with the Foursome, 
but tliere wasn't enough. In both 
together to weigh the boy by. Jack 
Ostemian was rather conspiolous by 
hiff 'ab.senc9. ^ , 

t.ack of time evident throughout. 
Crawford was just thrown away. 
Since tiers was no opportunity to 
■develop one of the Crawford ideas, 
they ju!5t let him put in a plug for 
"Cbcoanuts'.' at - the Rialto, with 
"Just Another Memory" from that 
feature, and "Just Another Memory'' 
suiig by Vallee the week before and 
still on sale in thf lobby. Rlfsli. 

MASTBAUM 

Philadelphia, June 4. 

Tying up with a silent film, 
■TVbere East Is Etost," this week's 
show is so uniformly good it is al- 
most impossible to pick favorites. 
A fairly good Monday afternoon 
house liked evgry . one of the num- 
bers, a hard thirip to get during 
the -first afternoons. 

Although Robert Allen's scenic ef- 
fects have always been good, this 
comparatively^ simple arrangement 
of a Maxfleld Parrlsh . painting 
•caught .such a'- beautiful color 
: scheme and fitted the title, "C.istle 
of Dreams," so perfectly that the 
,-„:..S!lSwjvas .Of f, to . a runn ing start. 
■A^^otiier Goose'^faVaOe" waritisr 
In . the right mOod for an op«ner, 
and Luster Brothers followed it up 
to ttreat .applause. . Ne.xt came a 
, .wecliiinical doll song and dance that 
■was perfectly done by S. Parson and 
Spor. It wont over- with a bang 
nnd- kept the make-believe flavor. 

For comedy, Joe Termini next 
'With a s-ad pan, violin ffnd trouble- 
some stiff shirt. He got the laugh.s 
^tht Jiway, hf-ld them with hi.s trick 



playing and followed with a banjo 
guitar. The audience was Just ripe 
for him and curtain bows wouldn't 
do. He had to come back and a.<3k 
the customers what they would like 
to have. They answered "violin." 
Tremendous applause. 

John Grlffln, tenor, sang a new 
number, helped uloug by chorus ar- 
rangement. 'Versaco Brothers do a 
"drunk" dance in full dress, and a 
Chinese tenor won the house with 
his perfect voice and ingratiating 
personality. 

Jnezy finale, "Jericho," with some 
jeweled drops before the Parrlsh 
background closes a real knockout 
show. 

Gabriel Hines offers "Mississippi 
Suite" for the orchestra number. It 
is a colorful overture in four parts, 
"Father of Waters," "Huckleberi-y 
Finn," "Old Creole Days" and 
"Mardl Gras." An Indian solo 
worked into the first and last two 
is given a river scene, singing groui) 
In the beginning and entire choni's 
in festival costume to close. 'Wcl! 
received by the house. 

.Stuart Barrie at the organ gets 
the customers to sing, an accom- 
plishment in a house of this sl7.e 
and something the regulars are 
taking to with .•iplrlt. Waters. 

INDIANA 

Indianapolis, May 30. 

.Skouras-Indiana, the Publlx spoUe 
in Indianapolis, has a bear of an 
m. c. in Charlie Davis. House h.as 
been opened for about two years 
with Davis there almost all of thai 
time. He's now somewhat of a local 
institution. That's obvious from his 
manner of working and the ready 
r.vd!-?nce receptions. He's quite a 
performer, too. 

Milton Slosser, an organist who 
can come to Broadway at any time, 
was heralded as in his farewell 
week. Slosser shifted to St. Louis 
to alternate at the Missouri and 
Ambassador, the associated Skouras-- 
Publlx houses. Possessed of some- 
what of a reputation as a console 
specialist, Slosser' substantiated that 
when reviewed by the manner of 
handling his audience. ' He's qult>.> 
a personality also at the 'Wurlltzer 
and- breaks up the slide community 
.sings for not a few laughs. He 
changes tempo and switches gen- 
erally in such a manner that his 
few minutes are a comedy and mu- 
sical highlight. 

For "'Wedding of the Painted 
Doll," instead of flashing the lyric, 
a change of pace was having the 
musical notes screened on a slide 
and the audience requested to 
whistle the accompaniment. An 
opera vs. jazz number, employing 
the aria from the "Chocolate Sol- 
dier" and "If I Had You," was an- 
other punchy Interlude along with 
"Deep Night" and kindred pops. 

"Bubbling Over," the unit, fea- 
tures Beth Chains and Boyd Senter. 
The- latter, now a Victor recording 
artist, is a whale of a solo musical 
performer. His forte are the reeds. 
e.specially sax and clarinet, on whioli 
latter he murders "em with his cork- 
ing version of "St. Louis Blues." 
His demonstration of musical versa- 
tility handling a flock of instru- 
ments also clicked. 

Miss Chains impresses even bet- 
ter in picture houses than in vaude- 
ville. 

Charlie Davis, the m. c, special- 
izes on the piano and like Dave 
Schooler's idea the baby grand rises 
from the pit for his specialties. 

"Miss Indiana" and her alternate 
to the Galveston beauty pageant, 
"Miss Andeson" (Indianapolis sub- 
urb), were added starters. 

House seats 3,500 and shifted to 
a Friday opening this week. Ahel. 

LOEWS STATE 

. Los Angeles, May 31. 

"Rhythm," current Fanchon and 
Marco unit here, plenty hot with a 
couple of noveltle.9. Mob got an 
eyeful when curtain upped and a 
32-girl line marched on, double the 
usual total. Enlarged group will 
continue here for the next four 
weeks, Id .house girls coupling with 
the ' various 'Ideas'' coming in. 
Scheme is to break in the sojourn- 
ing 16' .then ship them to San Fran- 
cisco for duty at Fox's new house. 

Rube Wolf Introduced them, all 
as the Georgia Lane Denver 
Beauties. They ofted to make way 
for the band nu\nber. Followed by 
novelty hand dance, girls seating 
themselves in a row w'ith faces In 
.shadow and floodlight on hands. 
Good novelty. 

Jeannette. colored jazzlst, showed 
a powerful voice and wasn't bad 
with her feet and arms. Wowed 
and followed with "Breakaway," out 
of "Fox Follies." Two tall colore^ 
boys, Evans and Weaver, did some 
fast hoofing. "Barbaric Rhythm ' 
brought back the girls In South Sea 
straw for an exaggerated hula, while 
■K1tty~Thoma-s-«ang~on— the— apronr 
Followed by Joyzelle at her sexiest 
and nudcst which went a step or 
two beyond what the girls showed. 
Gormley and .Sully, comedy dancers 
over okay. 

Clcsed with girls in military cos- 
tume."?. Carried bjg drums on which 
half of them did taps to fadeout 
tableau wlili liiree of the girls a.s- 
human mftrononie.s. "The Captive 
Woman" dialog (FN) on the screen. 



ACADEMY 

("Rolling On"- Unit) 

New York; June 3. 

Fox's Academy went picture 
house this week to. initiate the first 
engagement east of a Fanchon & 
jjurco "Idea," And F. & M. "idea" 
went 14th street, probably for the 
first time our cousins from the coast 
have' played on suoh an avenue. 

Warners' "The Singing Fool" is 
the picture. That's not all. Two 
acts also on the stage, preceding the 
presentation, to, fUI. But not enough 
vaudc in either to move the Acad- 
emy from . picture house classifica- 
tion. 

Three more F. & M. productions 
are booked to follow "Rolling On.'" 
All will play the entire Fox met 
route, opening at the Academy. 
Fox vaude booking office says it'u 
"trying them out." - They're not tak . 
ing much of a chance, for if the rest 
are like "Rolling On," the rest can 
pl.iy everything Pox has got. ^ 

It was no surprise that "R'blling 
On" holds another new idea in unit 
stage presentment. It was an op- 
portunity for the west coast pro- 
ducers to use an old theme and just 
say they originated It in the first 
place, anyway, for if an old picture 
house IdeEi, they probably did. Just 
In case Fanchon & Marco don't 
know it, their, stage "iSeas" have 
been playing east for a long time, on 
i^oniebody else's stage. 

The "Idea" of "Rolling On" Is a 
girl ballet entirely, always oh roller 
skates, and a number of skating 
principals. The girls In unison skat- 
ing are ofttimes sensational. 

Gene Morgan is featured, and one 
of the few remaining sti'ictly on his 
feet. Morgan Is a well-khown film 
house m. c. on the coast, coming 
here with probably no rep among 
local theatregoers. He's a youth- 
ful comic with a youthful style and 
a California Idea of what constitutes 
comedy. Shey won't get all of his 
chatter in this ' section and they'll 
Ignore a lot of his style, though they 
can't . miss his personality and 
pleasing self-conduct. 

If Morgan is an m. c. on the coast, 
he must also bo a golng-through- 
't he -motions maestro. No stage 
band to "Rolling On," however, re- 
lieving him of that to worry about 
and giving him a great chance to 
get 'em as he sees Qt from the 
apron. 

This "Idea" was reviewed som'c 
time ago on the coast. It has played 
what Joe Frisco calls a career since, 
and doubtlessly looks and plays bet- 
ter now than Uien. 

The full stage mat supporting the 
skaters ie never removed, for most 
of the action is on wheels. 

Three full stage sets, none using 
more than a special backdrop. A 
fourth full . item, is in draped set. 
Balance of the ' time is spent ifi 
"one," mainly by Morgan. Big flash, 
OS usual, reserved .for the flnisH, 
but there is flash through stage aci- 
tlon. as well as scneery in "Rollinj^ 

Opening in back of transparent 
scrim, winter set The ' ballot, on 
skates, in a. slow- roller -routing, but 
excellent. "March' of the Toys" by 
the girls later on is a fine piece of 
staging and a finer piece .of uniform 
work on the part of the girls. ' How 
they miss tumbling in the whip- 
cracking swings is a mystery, de- 
noting nothing else but hard train- 
ing and patient practise. 

In the flash closing, some of the 
girls are posed on the back sheet, 
in living curtain formation, with the 
rest grouped around the two sides of 
the mat. Centered are three men 
skaters, two (Whirling Duo) in 
spinning and one-foot holds, and the 
other (John Dove) tumbling and 
hock stepping on the ball bearings. 
The team and single man alternate 
their stunts, each more and more 
thrilling. It would be difficult to 
devise a more spirited finish. 

During the ballet number of th^ 
first scene, a soloist steps out of line 
for a brief exhibition. She is later 
Introduced by Morgan as the girl 
•'responsible'", for the march routine. 
Bllle Marshall, by name. Another, 
girl soloist follows, this one not out 
of line, but snapping out of a snow 
man pose. She is Maxine Evelyn 
.nnd an acrobatic dancer on skates. 

Into "one," three girls in a song 
offering remindful of the Rhythm 
Boys. They please, and that's all, 
with their sfnglng, but the girls are 
something different as girls go, arid 
with a novel Idea of how to shove 
on a piano. Latter is half covered 
by a prop Eskimo wigwam. When 
wheeled into' place, there's the 
piano. The girls wheel tbelr own 
piano, while on' skates. 

Morgan and his foil. Chuck Calla- 
han, occupied the same "one" for 
some talk built around the reading 
of newspaper headlines.- A line from 
one paper, and one' that Jibed from 
the other. 'TEIghty-slx-Year-Old. 
Woman Gives Births to Twins," and 
the follow-up Is "Senator Johnson 
BInmcs Henry Ford." That's an old 
-sag.Aiicumd_hfirei,„C^Ilfii..and_tJi^W£| 
nil resorted to the blue clo.ser"to .«ell 
It. 

Later on Morgan and Callahan 
woi'k with a girl In a money chang- 
ing' bit, but on this occas-ion art 
succo.«sful with an old One through 
thf- Inclusion of some funny by-pkiy. 

The full staged' draped set holds 
Jon'-K and Hill, rough -Jio)!."? fK-ro- 
Yjutfi and tumblers, amoii^. few 
not ."kctihg. Their eivn i."- of t!.' 



break-neck variety and a certainty 
to score. It so happens th.-vt the 
closing trick is the least important 
of alU- ■ That's ■ easily corrected, and 
should be. 

Unit ran 41 ; minutes, seeming 
much shorter . because it's not the 
sort of unit that dr^gs. - 

The vaude bracers ■were Paul 
Yocan's .company of dancers and 
Herbert Paye and Co. (3), both 
standard ■vaude.' names and both 
very well liked here. 

As- usual, Academy had plenty of 
show, screen flashing sound and 
silent hews reels (Fox) besides the 
Jolson picture, and pit orchestra In 
a short overture. 

Biz okay. Bigc. 



AVALON 



Chicago, May 27. 

Forced into strict economy as 
members of the bankrupt National 
Playhouses, Capitol and A.valon now 
and then put over an especially 
good stage show at surprisingly 
small dough. "Cruising Along," at 
the Avalon this week, looks much 
more expensive than it is. 

Full stage set is the stern part of 
a yacht, with the musicians in white 
outfits on deck. Abbott ballet of 
10 start with breezy jazz. 
. First act was Snyder and Walton, 
fat boy and girl, in song and dance. 
Forte is a legit acrobatic tap by the 
weighty kid. Improvement may be 
made through more varied routines, 
as .at present it is a constant suc- 
cession of song and taps. Dressing 
is much ■ better than when the act 
tried out at the American recently. 

Lamberti, comic xylophonlst, sold 
handsomely to the south side crowd, 
mixing his talent -wllh hoke talk 
and (plothes in Just the right propor- 
tion. Followed by Charlie (drafts, 
m.c, in his regular song spot. 
Crafts has made a standing gag out 
of ' his lack of dancing Ability, 
knocking off a few bum steps every 
week while the musicians encourage 
him to sing. That makes at least 
one sure laugh in each show. His 
voice is a -good tenor, and his show- 
manship pleasing. 

Five Brachs, rieley, paced fast and 
without any stops for intermittent 
applause. Big time with never a 
phoney break to build up a trick. 

Finale carried a good closing 
punch, the boat slowly moving off 
stage with the company on deck. 
■Water backdrop suddenly lighted' 
from- behind' displayed' the'- Statue 
of Liberty ahd Amei'icaih flag wav- 
ing on deck. If that combination 
couldn't get applause there'd be no 
hope for the south side. 

"(Slad Rag Doll," talker, not draw- 
ing much trade. Fox Movietone 
news and talking short on screen.' 
Leonard Smith, newly, installed solo 
organist, got loud returns with some 
^ock community song sliden. 

- • I - - - Birlo. 



CAPITOL 



New York. June 1. 

Stage show this week, entitled 
"Capitol Frolic," has all the pre- 
tensions and effects . of a big time 
vaudeville lineup, opening with a 
trio of hoofers. Slate Bros., whose 
efforts place them in the front rank 
of dance oSeringS) in combination 
or singly. 

■What any one of the Slate Bros, 
doesn't possess in the way of leg 
work the other two have. Between 
them they can stand them up in 
any spot. 

Topping the Slate Bros., and fol- 
lowing, are Duffln and Draper, in 
a novel version of a doll dance. 
They do the doll routines in relaxed 
pose, resulting in comic acrobatic 
contortions that stopped the show 
here this afternoon. 

Rene and John Arnaut, billed as 
the "Original Love Birds," supply a 
low comedy turn which seems more 
applicable to vaudeville but which 
scored very strongly here. 

Patti Spears, coloratura soprano, 
fl:ll*d: with vocal- numbers, the first 
somewhat weak. Improved later 
and went over better following -a 
violin solo. Others in the stage pro- 
duction are P^yla Pavlicek and 
Ivan 'Trle.sault, and' Nina Oglnsko. 

■ Curtain brought on 32 of the Hale 
girls in bead costumes and yellow 
feather headgear. Adagio routines,, 
posing and similar ^business slowed 
the shOw until the time the regular 
performers were allowed to appear. 

In one of the numbers Dave 
.Schooler, m. c, was at the piano 5n 
accompaniment to a team of adagio 
dancers. Stage has been rebuilt 
with several pyramiding platforms, 
allowing for .special effects. 

An Arthur Knorr production had 
Dave Schooler and the Capitollans. 

M-G^M silent newsreel held little 
of Interest but fhe Pox Movietone 
provfed^lntensely exciting. - A tennis 
match in Movietone showing play- 
ers Including Bill Tildeh and Helen' 
Wills ih clofic-up. -with most of -the 
jlays very clfftr. brgught,a stirring 
response from the au<llenc~e. ' " 

Queen Marie of Rumania, also ap- 
pearing in Movietone, .spoke briefly 
and coldly about coming to America 
.igiiin some 'time but nobody seenipd 
to car© porticul.irly. The boat race 
following creoted far mor^ r«>spon.se. 

Feature film attrn>-tlon, ",4. Mtin's 
Ar.'in" (^f-G-M) mild. Or'-hf-strii 
tivt-rtwp. lod- by Dnvid Mf-non/a. ue- 
!'-''tIOn!. from "Pat'liriroi." fiori. 



ORIENTAL 

("Land of Dreams"— Unit) 

Chicago, May 31, 
A good summer stoge show put 
on ,b> Lou McDermott with AlI' 
Kval'.' increasing in. popularity .as 
m. c. It must be' that Kvale is a 
big thing In a big way to the Orien- 
tial fans. He has developed an Inti- 
mate spirit with the audiences. This 
week more than ever that intimacy 
shows itself. This boy has caught 
on with a certain something that 
has fiaps eating out of his hand, and 
the male jellies doing- the same. 

"Land of Dreams," good all- 
around unit with four specialty acts 
and the Peterson ballet, is versatile 
entertahiment that will please after 
smoothing and the pace limbered up. 
With McDermott under a limiting 
budget and putting on these shows 
consecutively weekly since Will 
Harris has been out with illness, it 
is a difficult task. 

Theme of this prc^t-ntatlon carries 
somewhat of a plot .-iiid quite a de- 
parture from the usual McDermott 
scheme. Kvale, coming on to a big 
reception, flops on a bed uncere- 
monially to go into a nightmare. 
Peterson girls, in grotesque maker 
up, do an appropriate but mild rou- 
tine, with the scene shifting to a 
jazz heaven idea. 

Travesty on the pearly gates has 
a St. Peter affecting a nance type' 
while Kvale joins in a blackout with 
a girl that stretches along the blue 
as far as picture houses are con- 
cerned. Kvale puts the band through 
a pop arrangement, with a vocal 
solo on his own and individual 
choruses by the boys. It clicks. 

Small Bros., two youthful hoofers 
with rapid fire lege, easily score ias 
the first specialty. Boys do two rou- 
tines of rhythmic taps and buck an'd 
wings that went big and encouragea 
an encore. Perfect lead-off turn for 
this type of a show. ', 
Lolita Amlet, quiet and demure 
soprano, is pleasing with - a - poUpIia 
of ballads strengthened by Kvale's 
play VP and the ballet rounding out 
the second number with an Ha/- 
walian routine, mildly 1>orderlng on 
the coach, but suggestive enough to 
get over. . .• 

Frvik Sterling, collegiate looklagKJ 
and toting a mean mouth organ, leWf^ 
show stopper. - Sterling's bashful 
mien wotild be great for any audi- 
ence if not overdone. His. conduct 
here proves a little too affected, 
though not hurting his; ability any.^ 
Handere and. If lllls,. reserved for; 
the punch, substanilate the conten-. 
tion that any plctiire house audi- 
ence -^is gullible. While this team 
Is admittedly clever and showmanly, 
.their. material Is full of aggravated.- 
puns and bromldic gags old and 
weary, to .vatifteVllW, Tliat these- 
boys put It over and had this mOb. 
Howling Is that niuch to their credit,: 
Fliiale is picked up by the band,, 
going into' a tableau .effect in the. 
background that looked very flat at' 
the first performance. It should and 
probably will be improved. 

House program Includes a song 
fest by .Henri Keates at the organ, 
that has 'em applauding into the 
stage shoW'for more. 

Pathe sound news carries just two 
clips ■with as many Paramount silent 
shots. Screen feature, "A Man's 
Man" (M-6-M). ^^ooj». 



STANLEY 

Pittsburgh, May 31. 
Catchii^g these . Stanley stage 
shows Monday ahd Fi'iday, you 
don't" recognize them as the same 
thing when the end of the week 
rolls 4round. On Monday they're as 
ragged as-somethlng the cat brought 
in, but by Friday look like a mil- 
lion bucks for . any presentatlo.n 
house. One good fiattire is the m. c, 
Charlie Melson, who can cover tfp 
things quicki»r "th'an a' flash and gen- 
erally saves the .first few shows of 
the week from tumbling all over 
themselves, ' 

This week's is labeled "Yachting. 
Party,", probably one of the be^t 
here since house inaugurated sta^e 
scheipe two months ago. Plenty pf 
comedy, dancing,' elneflng-and novel 
band numbers, and the entire pre- 
sentation Is forte In all angles. 
Summery, vacation idea of picture, 
"TWO'Wfiekk, Off,'; carried out, with 
boy's all garbed in sailors' outfits 
and girls costomed in colorful aii«l - 
becoming sp^rt clothes. Look im^ 
presslve.- '■ ' ' 

Coniedy burden carried by .Sid 
Silvers, Phil Baker's ex-plant, who 
annoys m. c. Melson from a seat 
down front, later coming up on the 
stage for a song finish. Any fear 
that those ' old Baker-Silvers gags 
tvouldn't be so hot for a film audi- 
ence was dispelled. Silvers a^ET.. 
Melson had the mob belly laughing--' 
from start to finish. MelsOn is 
about to start playing a clarinet; 
he asks the audience to suggest 
some numbers when Silvers pipes 
up and it begins. Melson finally in- 
troduces Silvers to audience, brings 
stooge to stage and Sfd gives 'enx 
a song that's all anybody could ask; 

Opening ha s bttiid o n stage, with 
Tjackgrdun'd"^ r6l)l'<;g€ntIng-~Tarh1rr~* 
Girls come up from . orchestra pit 
with bag.s in hand ready to stiu-t 
trip. Melson comes running down 
/lisle, telling them to hold up 'till he 
get.s aboard and tlien they shove ' 
off. Grace Barry, the little ttlrl with 
a. great big voice, coiiiifs on fn rute 
costume warbling "1 Got a J'"i i-lln;;. 
I'm . l'".'illing in Love'' und r«?al 
• . (Continued on page 3!iJ 



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VARIETY 



VAUDE HOUSfe REVIEWS 



Wednesday, Jiuiie '5, 1929 



M. C/»INST. LOyiS: 

Bt Liouls, Jurie^.- 

Hd Lowry Is Quite the niUs In St 
£iOul9, where h^ Js In his. third year 
at the AmbasRador. Lowry caii't 
walk a couple of yards' without be 
ins accosted. His extreme local 
_ popularity Is really pretty much of 
'a handicap. Ijowry can't ina>.^ a 
ihove without betns pegged. 

In the mlGst of - a sudden down- 
pour, with the City's meager fleet 
of taxlcabs at a premium, LoWrj' 
had private cars spotting lilm on 
the sidewalk In front of the Hotel 
Jefferson and proffering their as- 
sistance for a lift. 

Lowry's due for a vacation June 
21, when he goes to New York for 
a month to catch up on his Coliim* 
bia recording and also to make f( 
few talking shorts. Harry Rose, 
from the sister Skouras house; the 
Missouri, will shift downtown ' for 
the month as substitute la, c. 

The liowrys-have 'adopted a IC- 
months baby, and right now that's 
the biggest thing' in their eztsteqce 
In their Hotel Coi'6nado':6uit«) " 

Catching a-Ioad of Lowry at the 
Ambassador, the' customers slU al- 
most literally ' laughing' when they, 
buy their tickets: The extent of 
Ix>wr}-'s extraordinary' popularity 
can only best b^ appreciated by 
visiting this city. He's the btfr nplse 
Of St. Louis. ■ ' ' 

Harry - Rose, at the Ambassaaor 
too, is some'puhktns in the'hortlv- 
t!m part of St. Louis'. This Is' Rosf'e 
11th week. He has a' l:ontraict''Ibr' 
seiveral m'6rti with thel '"Skduros; 
Bros., otherwise- 'Abie 'li&^ttoBel 
(William Morris) haa It arr&hsM tb 
switch the "Broad'«(ray Jester*^' Into 
Loew'8 'Vatenclie^ Jamalba. ' Like 
LoWry, Rose has a private ' 'sec. 
(male) to oBlciate as buffer for the 

flEit>S. • •' ' 

Rose's house, the Missouri,' playis 
the No. 2 PubUx units out of Chi- 
cago, 1. e., utilizing the acts thati ai^ 
at the Oriental, and-einploya IttfoWii 
Rockets (chorus) for the (emme 
background. 

The La Gltanos :. were part . of 
"Parisian Nights,", as the show, ivcts 
billed, and sensational In' - their < 
boke Apachelsma Anita La- Pierre. 
Vfos okay as. a French chanteuse, 
pqihlle Arthur Nealy,' local (av6rlte, 
billed as doing a return engage- 
ment, registered vocally on :bls 
tenor. . He also . double-versloned . 
with Rose, both employing iSx« cir- 
cular runway arou|id :aie orChe3tra 
pit ,for the' Intimate , stuff (a tbe- 
"Honey" seleiitlon, done as an audi-', 
ence number to .tbe front row flaps." 

Those flappers are^ the (etnme. 
counterpart' of the'/' bald-bead , .row 
at the olde.9 Zleg(«14 .. '.'Follies.':- The 
m. o'.s. can 4o. iaihytblhg and every- 
' thing with .thi^ ESftlbr using tbeln .In 
any wise and: for any purpose. No 
mia.tter how much attraction Is' cen- 
tered at thein, tbey love It. It's 
quite, the thlnf tor'the ^Is 'to play 
up to the'persoiiajlty boys. 

Just on the run, a stranger In the 
Hotel Jefferson encountered Ed 
liOwry arid In all sincerity told him 
that she'd be thereat the 7 o'clock 
show and would wave to him, and 
would he 'wave back to her and for 
her alone? On the levell 

"Honey." the Feist fox-trot bal 
lad, Incl^len^lly, Is one of the 
country's biggest sdng hits. They 
hum It and sing It and whistle It. 
The hotel restaurants' having dance 
floors are all featuring "Honey,'' 
which chorus la taken up by the 
couples and vocalized quite audibly. 

In connection with Rose at .the 
Missouri, Milton Slosser, that crack 
organist, encountered on his fare- 
well week at the Indiana, Is slated 
for a come-back this wc-ek.* Arthur 
Utt was signing off last 'n'eek. His 
'Wurlltzer specialties 'with the or' 
thudox chorus slides are quite ordi 
nary, lacking the distinction of 
Slosser. Abet 



stunting, closed to a poor 'hold 'as 
they 'ai'e using 'wbat -would be' ef-. 
fectlve outdoor showmanship but 
which doesn't build well for vaude- 
ville. 

. All In all the raggedest bill yet 
at Keith's Memorial although the 
liouse wos well filled, due more to 
cool weather than draw or explolta 
tlon. Lihiev. 



PALACE 

(St. Vaude) 



KEITH'S 



(St. Vaude) 

Boston, June 4 
Tlie Herman Tiniberg 'Varieties 
unit, running' over 80' minutes, was 
stretched toO'. thin and . last night': 
house couldn't quite see It-ln.plac^ 
.of Ave acts under the. new. vaude' 
ville policy launched, .only a few 
'weeks ago.' The general reaction 
' among the dockers and the bookers 
^yas that It was too early to try ex 
perlments here. 

Sammy Tlmberg's band waa small 
and versatile and Herman has the 
unit laid out so tliat It has about 
everything except a chorus. He 
worked like a Trojan and closed 
well, but the routine was too long 
and too much dialog, resulting 
the last half of the bill being con 
' fined to three acts and then run 
■y)itilng late. 

- Last half was opened by Carter 
DeHaven with his children. Fol 
lowing. Tluiberg It was a tough si>ot 
but tlie simple dancing routine and 
small chatter went over big. Carter. 
Sr., getting a chance for a little curi 
tain talk and a plug for the twj> 
kids who are a gr eat pair and wi " 
g"5 a long way under — daddy's 
tutelage. 

Mel Klee after and hia parade 
veteran gaga went, so well he evop 
talked about the ones be bad used 
for 16 years and! which still clicked. 
Klee carried his own leader, appaif 
entiy a hoofeir from a former- act 
being held on for a future tab or 
unit. He -was loyal to his coffee anjl 
cakes and led the laughter on the 
oldest gags. 

. The Tom Davles Trio, motorcycle 



First part of the bill, comprising 
the Harry CarroU-'Wililam Dema- 
rcst unit and Bill Robinson (2nd 
week), ran four minutes less than 
two hours Sunday afternoon, the 
unit accounting for 98. Over at 
close to 4.30, It spared but half an 
hour for cramming In the rest of 
the show. 

In the post- intermission period 
are Helen Kane (New Acts), Mur- 
ray and Oakland and the acrobatic 
closer. Four Phillips. 

They couldn't even do it with a 
shoe horn, and as a result the 
matinee did not end until 6.30. Most 
of the auditors had walked by that 
time, and the Phillips unfortunately 
closed to a stack of empties. 
. Tlnie reduction In the Carroll unit 
would have helped the turn Itself 
as .well as the performances. As 
it played . Sunday niat (first show)., 
seemed, to offer around 20 minutes 
eligible for cutting. As It played. 
It was tiresome, repetitlonal and 
generally depressing, wearing out 
the. audience, literally before the 
show Itad started, and. making It 
tough enough for others to follow. 

Rol>lnson was handed tbe follow- 
up' assignment, and filll was needed. 
He closed the first division. 

Miss ICane, opening part two, and 
it looked like bad spotting. Is head- 
lining over all the rest In her first 
apMbranpe In vaude. She recdlve^: 
a nice recei>tion and gave them 'the. 
boop-op-de-oiop right away and 
throughout. 'With Helen Kane and. 

1 liobinson, the Palace this w«6k. 
has two of the most imitated people 
on the stage. 

'When Robinson, after two beefed: 
for dancing encores, announced he 
would 'give his "Impression of . BUI 
Robinson dancing on stairs," he 
wasn't gagging Just for the ' sake 
of a gag. BUI, after the first week, 
has changed his routine as much as 
possible for a specialist, and a dance 
specialist at - that. . The principal' 
step, .and th,e hub of the aot. this; 
.week,.' Is described by BUI as . "ec- 
centric triplea." It's one long series 
of . rapld-flre footwork, and marvel- 
ous winging, all accomplished with 
tbe utinost .ease and nevei' the wild 
swinging of arms to make It look 
harder. Bill does, the "figure elghtr' 
and "rolling off the log" lii perfect 
tap time; while others do. it per- 
spiringly and without any. regard 
-for rhythm. The difference seems 
to be natural dancing and mechanl-. 
cal acrobatics. Robinson is among' 
the few naturstls and with the big' 
gest bag of hoofing stunts extant. 
The trlplea come ao fast and so 
often, alsvays in a different suite, 
they look and sound like quadruples, 
if that's possible, and it's not. 

John T. Murray and "Vivian Oak 
land in ' "one" were back of Miss 
Kane and should have been ahead 
of her. Reverse order might have 
packed greater punch into the sqc 
ond section. Murray and the blond 
Miss Oakland are ably assisted by 
Ernest P. Young. The opening, 
seemingly a burlesque on mystery 
shows, with "Lon Chaney 'Will get 
you if you don't watch out" as 
catch -line, leaves no doubt as to 
what kind of an act it will be. En 
suing business established this as 
a big time affair and Murray as an 
Intelligent comedian. A better 
bToak in spotting would have meant 
a better break for the act. 

Carroll unit and the bill opened 
with the Rangers, male singing 
octet in three numbers. Last was 
"Mandalay," applauded when an 
nounced as coming. They were on 
frequently after that in unit num 
bers, but never as successfully as at 
the start. At best, a different way 
of opening a straight vaude bilL 

The eight girls, all dancing. In 
line and alone, showed again that 
Carroll picks 'em right. They're all 
good to look at, and some outstanding 
steppers. Featured among the wom- 
en Is Vera Marsh, buck dancing 
blonde but not the ti'oupe's best 
dancers. The girls' dancing Includes 
most styles of the dance, each girt 
a specialist In her own line, 

Carroll isn't to the fore now as 
much as in the past. Bill Dcmarest 
is doing tlie bulk of the current 
work, and that means mostly com 
edy, though it's Bill's stuff that 
needs the cutting. Tlie camera bit, 
wherein a woman's skirt is mistaken 
for the camera sheet. Is out of 
revue of a couple of seasons ago, 
.while the ostrich item Is an old 
dirty story cleaned up as much as 
possible, but not enough. 

The California Collegians, most 
eccentric group of stage musicians, 
'8till-lend-the~GnrT4>ll>4inlt^itsJUlg=. 
gest kick, that coming in the band' 
solo spot They have been perform 
Ing similarly, with little change, 
with Carroll for three seasons or 
more. 

. Finale Is in the usual manner of 
unit blow-offs in vaude, the com- 
pany i^oundlng up for a splash. 
'Enough speed to it to got the entire 
effort across. 

And business bad Sunday after- 
noon. :' Bige. 



ORPHEUM 

(St, Vaude) 

Los Angeles, ; June 2.' 
With some 40,000 vleltlnig Sliriners 
in town having nothing to do on 
the eve of their concla've very few 
found tlieir way Into the Orphcum. 
It's just as weU. They would not 
have brafeged overmuch about the 
$1.60 entertainment in this town of 
sunshine where they hope it don't 
rain no more while they are here. 

House about 76 per cent, capacity 
for a badly arranged show. Two 
singing comediennes, two flash octs 
smacking of tbe Maurice Greenwald 
western vaudeville type, and Charles 
King headlining. Figured the King 
name as a draw, basing It on his. 
success In "Broadway Melody."- 
King did okay half a dozen num- 
bers or 'SO, not forgetting to give 
Louis Alter„ his pianist, a- chance to 
get over his solo with "Manhattan 
Serenade," and then taking curtain . 
with theme son^r of his picture to 
show-stopping applause. A floral 
horseshoe with, a ribbon bearing the 
name .of Jack Bobbins, song, pub- 
lls'her (Metro) as donor, . None of : 
audience missed the Robbins na.me' 
on the ribbon. 

Opening the Bhoyr were Lai-ge and 
Morgner, two monopedes. Smart 
hand-to-hand balancing. Deuce 
spot were Billy Wells and the Four 



Fays, three women and man, in one 
of those dancing and comedy flash 
turns, sure-fire for the thi-ee-a-day 
combination houses. Don't count 
fot^ the tWo-a-day but would were; 
they on a flve-act bllL 

Next cam.e Sylvia Clark, held over, 
opening tylth number of previous 
week, then two new ones, and the 
Hawaiian song for .finish. Just a 
pushover for this -lady who smartly 
declined encores to make way for 
Edith Evans and Ray Mayer, who 
claim this town as home, They were 
teamed when Evans was tickling 
the Ivories at Coffiee Dan's. Rather 
a good combination, with Evans a: 
comic in cowboy garb doing one of: 
those Will Rogers facials and gum- 
chewlng routines. Boy la great at 
it. Miss EWans Is a crooner of sweet 
melodies and has chance of getting 
Into ^e $6.60 company. Team 
stopped proceedings foUowlng Mlss- 
Clark, quite 'an achievement 

Closing first part was "Venlta 
Gould wi.th half a dozen Impres-' 
sidns. A home run fo^ her. 

Following Kfng, who ojkened after 
IntermlsslonV were Eddie "Vogf and: 
Frank HUrst with their cracking: 
crossfire. Boys have fine routine: 
but seems as though they cahnOt! 
j;et away from the "Did. you touch: 
Florence?" aiid "I was horn on the 
ocean jind my aunt was' with me" 
gags. Thejr . hiive few others as :on: 
color. And tor which audience did 
not' respond any too llbefaUy. Then: 
came second flash and dosing turn 
of bill, 'The Wedding Gown," \vlth 
Lew Chrl^, former burlesque ac-: 
tor; Olga Elsler, four girls and 
Hurst and Vogt An out and out 
intermediate flash with modiste shop 
as baclfground. Parade of costumes 
and lingerie and an opportunity for 
Hurst and 'Vogt to get off a few 
more of their double-meaning gags. 

Pathe Newa had to show to more 
empty seats than usual, Vnaar, 



girls, one the lazy- obmfc typo who 
winds up as yv^\ dancer, ' and a 
buxom Miss, who gets .4''}ot '«tt time 
for the ability' she di9pta><s. This 
is- an Atlantic City beach ':Bcenc 
number, with full , stage'- follo^'lh'g 
for dance apd chattfer. Hal^' has a 
great knack of Intimate kidding with 
the custon^ers. Talk riihs on style 
of "Do you know Mussolini? , WeU, 
I'm his brother, Sam Schwartz!'' 
Hall stopped the show. 

Shut was department sto.re's "Silk 
Worms," a costly extravaganza as 
advertising stunt for- leading 
Brooklyn dcpt store.! - Sixteen girls 
In ballet, w)io simulate' a silk worm 
among leaves on set. Huge silk 
cover' over girls*' heads to exompUfV 
body of worm, < .Next is syniphony 
in silk, six knockout models parad- 
ing In fine feathers. . There follow 
Japanese garden scene on bridge, a 
boudoir scene, a; ."Going, to . -the 
Game".' nuniber in apprt.'OjiparoIi a 
dance of .the hat'.bqxes by'jl;he ballet 
and flnalei'a )>each .'scene prom'e'nadia. 
- Biz tray >. oft, - hugie'.' areas : vacant 
above ahd belowJ . ' > • 



LVRiC 

(Vaudfllin) 

Indianapolis, May .30. ' 
Loew's Am^ricaii :^bo^' ff^w York, 
may be no more \but 'tis spirit lingers 
on at the -kelth house In Indianap- 
olis, the . Lyric." Not' i^x'actly a 
humpty-duinpty, this . .'stand (the 
only combination policy house lo- 
cally) is very much to the Loew's 
Gi-eeley SqUare. 

Show caught was the 'W.LS Radio 
Show Boat emanating out- of ..Chl- 
cai^o,' where the Show' Boat idea 
clicked ovejr that ^tatioh. Aa .played, 
this . unit, .seems to < have' .little be- 
sides the' title. The Test If :an as- 
sortment ,pf. mediobre V speclal.ties 
slapped together, poorly ^paced'.by 
a iackadatsioal m. c, -Harry Saddler, 
who 'acted as if h'e' knew . how' grosh- 
a^ful the acts wer^i, aiid ,tt^at ,^6' 
sooner they got It 'oyer the better,. . 
. Two siring musical' comblnatlohs 
in the act known as the Tripoli- Trio 
and the Belgrade Troubadours. 'Of 
the' latter, the second -from.! the-Ieft 
Serb was blatantly on 'the make 
with tlie front row - galsv -• Looked 
rough and attracted 'attention with 
thi^' girls not resp'ondlriil. ' That .par- 
ticUlar Belgrade Troubadour all but, 
openly flirted with 'the'.femme pa- 
trons.-^ ■ • . . . .'..-' 

Spencer and Wllllaiil^^hester 
and Lola— with their ' daughter,-; 
Eyelyn Spencer, announced out| 
of pictures where' "She' 'was ..With' 
Charlie lilurray, 'were 'irery s'mainie. 
Spencer kidded - ahd ' cajsled and 
razzed the' "cpid". attendance,, 
springing a flock Of Al Herinanisms.: 
Tom CorWIne does, feirinyard calls: 
and puUs a creditabl,e dog flghf Imi- 
tation. "Velma Dean' ; is" a ..-^p' 
songstress of . averaige '. calibre. 
Tripoli' Trio and Belgrade Trouba- 
dours' types can be encountered' on 
almost any ferryboat Cieone We'ber 
didn't show although billed. Maple 
City Four were okay,' augmented 
into a sextet later on as the Trail 
Blazers, flashing Royal Northwest 
Mounted Police unles. 

Act has 18 people In all and two. 
scenes. Ahel, 



FOX 

(Wired-Vaudfilm) 

Brooklyn, June 3. 
Honey of a show with plenty for 
the opposition to fret over. No par- 
ticular money name this week, but 
an elaborate mercantile organlza' 
tlon's fashion display, aside from 
solid vaude fare and reliable plcturei 
"The Par Call" (Fox). Layout Is 
virtually a composite of two or three 
musical revue flashes neatly dove 
tailing. Additional smoothness with 
Al. K. Hall acting more or less as 
master of ceremonies following his 
own act in section five of six-act 
layout 

First act "Lights and Shadows," 
into which plenty of dough has been 
invested. A unit of eight dancing 
girls wow them with ability, and the 
Orpheus Quartet, an operatic group 
spread class throughout, while two 
fellows and acrobatic adagio girl 
give numerous thrills tossing e^irl 
about with amazing tempo and com- 
mand of balance. 

Lawton in the deuce with hi 
drum and three rubber balls amused, 
Had dlRlculty getting his simulation 
of the engine starting, requiring 
four tries. Wound up 'with his huge 
iron ball juggling and ciiattered 
pleasantly as usual. 

Clarke and Bergman trcyed, as 
slsted by the Cook Sisters. Exterior 
of- church, .flcenft,JKUli-,liclde.le£k.at 
post and best man showing up. to 
be hooked by the disconsolate bride. 
Second scene In park, comedy busi- 
uess of wedded ones' kidding each 
other about marriage. All proved 
comedy material and sure fire. 

Fourth section sizzled with Kate 
Smith, bombarding 'em with "blues." 
Here la a huge glri with truckloads 
of class and natural vocal ability. 

All K. Hall In the five spot, aS' 
slsted by straight man and two 



STATE 

(Vaudfilm) 

Two standouts in the State bill 
salvaged the show Monday night 
Highlights both durini^ the Alex! 
Hyde Festival, closing the show; 
Nancy Decker, singing' two numbers, 
and" Dezso Better, the "man who 
wrestles himself." 

Picture was "The' Pjagan" (M-G 
M). Doubtful if any.b, o. draw. 

The show started quietly and 
skidded along until Hyde and his 
act showed. First vaude turn was 
Kluting's Animals. Work of the 
cats showed to advantage on this 
stage. 

On second were Carney and Jean 
and they scored Oh their dancing 
finish. Their talk missed fire bar 
ring a couple of gags with a double 
meaning. The man's tap stepping 
was the best. 

Dolly Kay is still singing' the blues 
In shouting style and p^haps Just 
as well in the big house. She did 
olroy. ' 

Alex Hyde's form Cai'nlval title 
has been changed to the Festival 
with Alex discarding that circus 
atmosphere and giving his band 
more dignified stage setting. Hyde 
has changed some of his people, 
bettering the value. Hyde's mu- 
slckers gave A-1 accompaniment. 

Other entertaining things, es- 
pecially the dancing of a youthful 
team! and a soft-shoe soloist 

ifork. 



Cohen and Rothstein Amusement 

Co„ Allen Theatre Corp. and Pauline 
Silverman; Grand Allen Holding 
Corp.; $2,606. ' 

Levlnson &. Eldrldge Theatrical 
Enterprises, Inc., a|id Harold F. El,- 
drldge; Manufacturers' Trust ' Co. 
$7,032; Deo, 29, 1928.^ 

Michael J; L'evth«ehi'''Bame; 17,' 
198; March 21. 



PALACE • 

. ,' (St. .yaud> ' 

Chicago, June 2i'. ' 
, Good, fast and entertAlhing shot^ 
at . the 'Palace' this week that should 
.get . tlib: house some' money. Conj. 
pai-ed' With the 'excessive overhead 
the Palace has been laboring: under 
the past few months,'.due. fo a 'bar- 
rage of heavy , and costly names' 
this . we.ek's bill is "much ^ess of -'a 
strain' On the kale.' -Figiuros at .ti 
conservative cost bf .arouhd $8,000, 
NO' more. . 

It is beginning to look like sonie 
thought 13' being given the Paloce; 
When experimental bills, .running 
anywhere from. $10,000 to $13,000. 
nreek, have not t^en able to. qualify 
at the box ofllce, then , the trouble 
might be elsewhere. ' 

If the current week la any exam'i 
pie. It should' prove, that, the 'two-a^ 
day going ipiiblic lh this 'town- want's 
real - ehtertalnmeut re^gardless' of 
who: the VheadUner 6t. headllners 
rnay .be. ' vThat 'ai headllner- who is 
gettln^'v^'^ ' nioitey -Is . expected to 
draw doesn't' quite- proye- that' cofi'' 
tention as 'far -as 'the'Outside--pubiio 
is co;icerned. -There''''-have' . 'been 
many liletances right hei-e, enough 
to : Offset' that 'ar|$ameriti ■ ■ 
• This - iwcek topk hoDofa . are split 
between'^Rae! Sam'iiels «nd Florence 
Moore.:'. Under rolrcumspdob spotting 
there i^,'' but -mUd .--confltctioh be'', 
tween 'the ' two: 'shigle i's(v:bin6ii, each 
geltlnep ifuU , -yaiue'.; A, strong, sup* 
portln0.-bUl : holds up. the: show la 
Arte style, with 'a good hfilahc'e for 
either Jiaie of r th&vbUk. .Ilarris and 
Radclirt, lone: holdover --.-iCrom ; pre> 
irtous v^eek, merit the distlndtlon by 
virtue of having cotnpleteiy changM 
and rearranged their linat^irlal. 

- First half . carries:: thcbirunt ot 
entertainment with Florence Moore 
goaling .in No: 4 -and. the^-Lea-vitt 
and Lockwood vreV'Ue , Xotlowlng . le 
close . this.; 'Section with. terrific 
bang. Miss Moore, .n^ore^ buoyant 
and flippant than e-ver,. lS',.aroUnd 
with both . new, and old.jBohgs and 
stories . lhat':ican't falt!6r''.iia long as 
the .vc'oinedliBnpe retaliia that . per^ 
sonalityi 'and . jjunclL in nh^r- delivr 
ery, - That she does, and, • moreover. 
Is capable of selling familia''r' nun)- 
bers'just OS vt^ell ias the bid' bn^s, -is 
all the more creditable to Miss 
Moore. 

Leavltt and Lbckwood ' unlt» with 
Ted Eddy's' band, HajT'den ' Glprla 
Girls and, thi;ee: specialty. .acta, fine 
vaudeville. F<^ the 'smalL'towns thls 
unit would b'e'a.plpe, 'Rah,.4il), min- 
utes here,, but could ha. pruned jdjr 
padded.- Ih.«bn.tehts:(t Is cbiiglo;^- 
erated tld-blts' of SDh&.. danice' and 
mvsic and liberally, .i^pp^red' .wltli 
blackouts. ; ' Benilce 'and Fortin^i'sis ter 
te&ith; Oattison, ^rbvi'j).,;Bj^d '.'Elsie 
Elliott 'Utd-. 'Helen 3urns".co,mpriSB 
tho .siM^'iaities- ' ■ '' r'.' 
;: Frolmbiy: .the .best buy the 'JPalace 
haa' had in years. Is .'.'S'm'oktispreent" 
three-pebpile amateur ' aketcli from 
th<i .Uptown Playe'rq'of th'b' People's 
Church of Chicago -<New. ' Acts). 
With' some touching up .in spbts, 
this playlet looks .very encburagin". 

Harris and Radclfff repeat with a's 
much enthusiasm this Week as last 
Colored bpys open littermisslon with 
their usual piano shoving entrance, 
but have all new numbers that click 
easily. About the only Itfeiin 'familiar 
Is the tapping stair dance dbiie by 
Bud Harris' son. Kid is hoth clever 
and fast with his kicks. 
Miss Samuels, next to closing, did 
minutes with special songs and 
the typical Samuels otyle, speed and 
snap. Miss Samuels hasn't been 
around this town In vaude In sev- 
eral seasons, but they ' remember 
her. She Is now calling herself 
Madame on the stage. Her numbers 
by William Tracey and Jack Stan- 
ley are in good taste and register 
handily. 

Gordon and King, representative 
variety hoofers, fill the deuce with 
enough steps to go around a tower. 
Boys start slowly, but build to ti 
strong ' finish. • they're youthful and 
nice lii appearance'. OpSnIng has 
Dainty Ethel Marine; aerlaliste, in 
a neatly presented act, though not 
above thfe usual. Attractive young 
woman. Honey Family, gymnastic 
family cbmprtsing dad, mother and 
three children, close' the show with 
enough personality and' youth to 
hold ev'erybne ih to the last flip-flo'p. 

Gbod break In weather Sunday 
matinee gave' the house a' respect- 
able crowd. Iioop. 

HENNEPIN 

(Vaiidfilm) 

Minneapolis, May 29. 
Vaudeville's palmiest days never 
produced, bills here to excel those 
now being served on the Hennepin- 
Orpheum's theatrical bargain plat- 
ter . In tlie herculean effort to re- 
establish the two-a-day locally. 
With Jos. E. Howard in the deuce 
spot Florence Moore next to shut 
and Janette Hftckett closing,' not to 
mention Lulu McConnell on No. .3, 
Walter "Dare" Wahl, 4, William 
Haines and Joan Crawford on the 
screen'Mn-«'The~Duke.> Steps- JiUti^. 
corking comedy, Pathe sound news 
and revue and the Three Whirl- 
winds opening, this week's show 
speaks loudly and well for Itself. It is 
a great comedy bill with a trio or 
show stoppers. The T5c toi> fo' 
such entertainment needs must 
Impress as something Sahta Claus. 

Yet the box-office response .thus 
far must be discouraging to tM 
management, which has overlooked 



Wednesday, June. B, 1829 



NEW ACTS 



VARIETY . 39 



noUilng to put th^ revived policy 
abrosB. The puljUc'a fcUluro to turn 
out m paylnff numbers Is any thine 
but a, tribute to Its amusement- 
buylns Judgment and serves ' to 
further darken the rather shady 
Imputation of Minneapolis as. a show 
town, or it Is a literal comment 
upon the terrific blow vaude got In 
jts decline. • 

This wieek's coniparatlVe ticket 
buying apathy, manifested 'particu- 
larly at the . matinees, vexed and 
puzzied Manager Frank Burke for a 
number of good reasons. Among 
them Tvere that the show Included 
'Bobert Hyman, former Balnbrldge 
stock leading man and local favorite 
'Who, lA Miss McConnell's support, 
received an' ovation at every per- 
formance;, and Haines and Craw- 
ford, screen favorites; and because 
there was big word-of-mouth boost- 
ing going the rounds for the show 
.tlirough the medium of tickled cus- 
. toihirB; and there has- been plenty 
,ot time liow for the folks to be 
educated up to the policy again. 
Only - extenuating circumstance, as 
far .as theiatregoers were concerned, 
was t^e sunshiny weather. 
■y.\h elaborate overture won the or- 
chestra a hand, preceding the Three 
ll^'lbirlwinds, 'male acrobatic roller 
skaters, whose opening act was 
ffuQIclently. speedy and . thrilling to 
send the show off to a nice start. 
Heavy applause returns for a No. 1. 
: In the deucer, Howard looked for 
a while as though he would go It 
alone; Instead of having his usual 
opposite fair partner. But his new- 
est beauty, Mary Olcott, duly ap- 
.peared as an audience plant. She 
: ambled down the center aisle to the 
orchestra pit where the spotlight 
; could be played on her. Pretty good 
for a deucer. 

. "A. Quiet Game," the Lulu Mc- 
Connell farcelet, is a natural for 
vaudeville. Miss McConnell dis- 
ports with amusing comic abandon 
'as a gabby, light-headed and, Anally, 
Inebriated -married dame of shrew- 
ish tendencies. 

' "Watal, aided by the equally snappy 
looking Emmett Oldfleld, kept up 
.the fun clip with acrobatic comlcalK 
tleig. For a next to shut could there 
be any better gift to vaudeville 
fans than the irrepressible Florence 
Moore? And. no. easy spot Miss 
Mooro never has seemed more 
radiant or pepful and her 'gags, 
ilfnglng, cross-flre with Jack Car- 
roll at . the Ivories, and all 
s.Ongs ceglsterlng. Some of the stuff 
was quite blue, including a story 
abo'ut fairies that don't fly, but un- 
objectionable as delivered. Bven the 
whiskered stories landed. Begged 
'Off after a speech. 

exquisite Janette Hackett, helped 
by a trio of young men. Including a 
pair of dancers and a singer, closed 
the show 'With her classy terpslchor- 
ean offering featured by a dance 
drama superbly costumed and staged. 
Miss Hackett's role is that of a bad 
girl of the gay white way, a slave 
to cocktails and frivolity. It is al- 
most ruined by the over-acting of 
the young man who hysterically re- 
cites the story as Miss Hackett and 
her partner dance it. 

'Touse Monday night, always oft, 
about two-thirds full on the floor 
'and less than half above, whereas 
kbsolute capacity wac necessary and 
justified. 

Three losing weeks for policy to 
date. Keei, 



STANLEY 

(Continued from page 37) 

applause. Kid's third week and 
she's becoming a local fav, getting 
nice reception each time on appear- 
ance alone. She's staying over and 
they should make her permanent 
local fixture. Perfect for production 
numbers and a specialty of her own 
in addition. 

Lytell and Fant, blackface comics, 
follow, coming on and going off cold. 
■Boys start well enough, one pluck- 
ing banjo while other goes through 
a fast dance routine, but their band 
number, in which each plays two or 
thi-ee instruments at same time, 
never came off. 

. Band number, "Can't Take Away 
Things That "Were Meant for Love," 
happy thought, with each of boys 
singing verse and Melson ad llbblng 
with them before, during and after 
their bits. Good laugh stuiit and 
got results. Production number 
next, featuring Milton Douglass, 
baritone, also playing banjo. Doug- 
lass trifle too staid for this type of 
number, but dance routines put it 
over. Dancing improving generally 
here since Beebe Barrl took over 
ballet work. 

, Lasslter Brothers, crackerjack 
ecdcntric dancers, followed and 
Were, a solid smash. Team flts in 
perfectly with show and ran away 
with everything. The Melson-Sll- 
vera' turn next, with flnole having 
everybody climb on decks, entire 
ship being lighted for curtain. Looks 
great from out front and nice hand 
showed clearly that audience liked 
everything. 

David Broudy's orchestral item. 
-SA,-Memorlal'D&y^TFlbute,'™waaJirig, 
of the best things Jerry Mayhall has 
devised for this house. Simplicity 
•the keynote, ■with idea carried out 
m picture frames behind thin screen. 
Finale had doughboys marching on- 
ward in face of some booming gun 
Are in one of those flag-waving 
climaxes that always go big here, 
especially when they're so seasonal. 

Cohen. 



S8TH ST. 

Llta Grey Chaplin billed In a' spot 
where, the tabloids circulate 100 per 
cent., looked like an Eva Tanguay 
and actually was that kind of box 
office. Sunday aftei-noon, perfect 
June day, was powerful counter at- 
traction, but by the late afternoon 
^show house was approaching ca- 
pacity, with prospect for jam at 
night. 

Show had little else to bring 'em 
In. Film was "A. Dangerous 'Wom- 
an" (Par), lurid story of tropic in- 
trigue, but Baclanova doesn't mean 
much in this settlement of Irish and 
Germans. Rest of the vaude aver- 
age small time and short on com- 
edy, an element, tliat should not be 
slighted here of all places. 

Murand and Oli-ton, mixed pair of 
acrobats and cyclists, gave bill a 
brisk sUrt. Little bobbed blonde 
who does tumbling and hand-to- 
hand with man as preliminary to 
biking, Is the peppiest thing In ac-: 
tlon since Bird Millman. . They do 
only six minutes In this routine, but 
every tick of the clock counts. Girl 
does most of the things adagio 
dancing women do and a lot be- 
sides. Hand stands and tumbling 
are out of the ordinary. Cycling 
feats are routine, but look like a lot 
because of the' girl's style. 

Newahl, billed as the world champ 
uke tormentor. Is a spectacular per- 
former on that instrument, trivial 
as It is. He dresses Hawaiian, but 
works low down Mississippi. Jazz 
harmonics on the steel guitar is a 
tricky performance, and his exit 
feature is a intricate rendition • of 
"SUrs and Stripes Forever" on the 
uke, held in a freak position behind 
his ear. The customers duly im- 
pressed, and that's vaudeville. 

Rosemont Rolllckers Is another of 
those 25-mlnute revues, an added 
starter from the studio of 'Walter 
Rosemont, who has used the same 
title for other grbtips. . This one has 
four girls In. the line and four prin- 
cipals — Bernard Gorcey and Ed 
"West and Arllne Melburn and Horry 
Ellsworth. Flash is laid out like a 
burlesque show, on the blt-and- 
number plan. Comedy is strictly 
cleaned up burlesque. Inoffensive 
and mild. Couple of innocent black- 
outs and a flock of numbers. One 
of the three men does "Dutch" and 
other is a Russlaii dancer, third 
man doing straight and the girl 
usual . soubret assignment. Total 
mild but diverting here. Nicely cos- 
tumed and good in scenic flash.. < 

Kemper and Noble, mixed couple 
doing the sidewalk cross talk hoke 
in the usual way, filled the bill in 
this program because they had the 
only low comedy material in the en- 
tertainment, A well-worked bit at 
the finish got them <ia.way to a gale 
of laughter. Plump little pohy . girl 
foils neatly and at the -finish goes 
into a song, with the boob comic 
parading across the . stage carrying 
portraits 'of Washington, Lincoln, 
Hoover and finally Al Smith, to get 
her the applause the song didn't 
bring. For the tag he displays sign 
"Go into your dance," and she does 
80 with a trim tap routine and off. 

Llta Grey Chaplin came on to a 
buzz of comment. Ritzy drapes 
gave her fine background and two 
pianists added to the deluxe atmos- 
phere. She starts nicely with 
"Hello Sunshine," done as ' a 
sprightly fox trot tune, switches 
Into plaintive ballad, "Never 'Want 
for More," and then goes for "Bliie 
Grass" as a "blues" number. Good 
change of pace here. Girl has first 
class stage presence, agreeable con- 
tralto voice, and a knack of selling 
both her numbers and herself. For 
an encore she committed an error 
at this stand, announcing a new 
song and then going Into a dud bal- 
lad that belongs to the era of 1898 
In Idea and quality, both of lyrics 
and air. One of those pathetic 
things about a baby who didn't 
want cotftly toys, but only yearned 
to have his mama back. Maudlin 
In vein and deadly monotonous In 
tune. It killed off any more encore 
although the stage was s^t for a 
demonstration. 

Paths sound news. Rush. 



FORE 



Lakeside Scores 

Lot of action over at Burbank's 
Lakeside Decoration Day. Hunt- 
ley Gordon won the medal In the 
sweepstakes with an 80 — 8 — 72, and 
Buster 'West copped the class B low 
score with an 80—12—71. Bert 
Glennon and Russell Mack won a 
feature best ball match one up In 
the afternoon. 



Pete Smith's Birdie 

Pete Smith, who handles a lot of 
studio publicity for M-G-M and 
very little, about his golf, got a 
birdie on the Rancho's 330-yard 
15th. Enough of an event' In Pete's 
life to see it. In print. 

Jack Kearns, the fight manager, 
'woif'tlI5~'fla?-tDurnameiit-oii-Memo~ 
rial Day at this same club. 



On One Legit 

'While operating on the mouth of 
a Variety reporter Dr. Dennis 
Glucksmd.n, the dentist, told of a 
(Continued on page C3) 



HELEN KANE 
Songs 

23 Mine.; Full 
Palace (St. V.) 

Helen Kane in the past year or 
so lias appeared in about every foiTh 
of indoor show business but vaude. 
This Week she Is ..in vaiide at the 
Palace, at $2,B00. ' 

The baby talklng-slnging aiid tlic 
boop-oop-de-oops might not have 
been Helen Kane's original idea, but 
she sold it best, and so it is known 
as her style. The same has oppUed 
to so many others In the past. 

In vaude. Miss Kane Is smartly 
doing just what she is expected to. 
Singing the type of songs suited to 
her style, and giving her style full 
play. 

For her vaude turn, six numbers. 
Aniong them, "Button Up Your 
Overcoat" and "I 'Want to Be Bad," 
both from "Follow Thru," are on the 
program as In by permission from 
Schwab '& Mandcl. Miss Kane also 
credited the producers ' and their 
show, calling the latter "sensational 
hit" when announcing the songs. 

Later these songs were removed 
by demand, oblidglng the girl to 
compile a virtually new act. 

Jack Kerr. Is at the piano and for 
one : number serves as Helen's foil 
and singing partner. He has a good 
piano player's voice, which means 
fair and does well - nough. Besldeis 
the comedy derived through Miss 
Kane's vocal outbursts, she secures 
some laughs in the duet by ripping 
the. buttons, button by button, from 
Kerr's jacket. 

After singing four songs In the 
turn- proper. She asked the audience 
if they would like to hear some of 
her "old songs." Those referred to 
as "old songs"' are about a year old; 
probably "old songs" to Miss Kane,' 
just as a year aro must seem a 
century now to her. Bige, 



ART GILHAM (1) 
"Whispering Pianist" 
16 Mins.; One 
Englewood, Chicago (V-P) 

Art Gllham has been doing loco] 
radio work. Naturally his soft- 
voiced stuff is quite audible when 
etherized, but in an auditorium be 
is hurt by It and doesn't get- full re-! 
turns. Limits him to deuce spot In 
smaller houses. 

Songs and piano work surrounded' 
by a theme monolog, with Gllham 
as a chump who gets sore at bis girl 
because he saw her necking another. 
He is fnolllfied when., sh'e explains 
it was her uncle and gow completely 
sob-ballad .when she tells him she 
has just been married. Having no 
girl on stage, Gllham ,usea' that- 
costless substitute, the phone. 

Talk is fairly well punctuated 
with laugh material, but. must .lie 
delivered louder. Singing and piano 
playing went better here because 
they were more distinct. Songs too 
soft now and then. Bing. 



"THE BIG PARADE" (6) 
Fat People 
17 Mins.; Full 
Jefferson (V-P) 

First of all a freak act because 
the players are fat people of side 
show proportions, but an unusual 
freak act in that the members can 
legitimately entertain. 

They sing well, dance gracefully 
and conduct themselves as perform- 
ers rather than curiosities. They 
may be accepted by audiences as 
both, the talent coming as a sur- 
prise, and the combination a strong 
one. Title is a darb, as a smash 
picture had the some name. 

Four women and two men. The 
lightweight appears to tip the beam 
at around 260. The rise in weight 
is gradual, ending with the double^ 
voiced woman at . the piano, who 
looks like 400 or better. At any 
rate. It is a fact that they are all 
quite hefty. 

One of the women Is remindful of 
Aunt Jemima (Tess Gardella) and 
not much heavier. 

The corpulence Is enough In itself 
and the talent makes It all the bet- 
ter. Blge. 



TWO BLOSSOMS 
Dances, Songsi Talk 
11 Mins.; One 
Jefferson (V-P) 

Two blond girls, primarily danc- 
ers, but clever in other ways. One 
should develop as a dancing come- 
dienne. 

The present turn has many rough 
edges, seemingly pieced together by 
intermittent spurts of - sparkling 
ability. 

One, playing seml-stralght to her 
partner, is a high and slow kicker 
when dancing, and the other an ec- 
centric toe dancer. Their dancing 
Is best. Both girls have a good idea 
of comedy delivery. In song, the 
comedienne of the pair also there 
atTmigglng; — : — ■-.--.».>_->~^,=_,^.».^,>.. 

They should never forget comr 
edy when singing. 

Two Blos.soms Is a good enough 
name if neither cares for individual 
Identity. Girls at present, are okay 
for intermediate spotting. Some- 
one with vaude knowledge could 
build them Into something much 
bettor. Blge. 



JACK FINE'S UNIT (12) 
Revue Unit 

45 Mins.; One and Full (Special) 
Englewood, Chicago (V-P) 

Not a good unit from any angle, 
but will satisfy* in most .family 
spots,' Better bookings seem im- 
possible, judging from the > act!{9 
showing in this neighborhood house. 
Plain reason Is that it's a cheap 
company. Cost will be Its best sell- 
ing point. 

Three principals, Mose Lee, chief 
comic; combination straight and 
second comic,, and prima donna. 
Seven chorus girls, one doubling on 
the piano, and a male dance team'. 
Several scene changes. 

Mose Lee is one of those ever 
willing curbstone comics, always re- 
warded with "If you could bo that 
funny on the stage, kid ..." Mose 
just now Is just a trouper. Some- 
thing like this is his haven, or better 
still a plant In a big knockabout act. 
He has a moon face, concave knees 
and an overwhelming strut of dig- 
nity. . His error is believing that 
stage work calls for exaggerated 
silliness, wlicreas he's a natural 
laugh just as the Great Sculptor 
made him. 'When Mose finds that 
out his career actually starts. 

Unit starts with a bare stage re- 
hearsal scene, the straight directing 
seven girls ' in practice rompers. 
Those seven girls are as varied in 
looks as any chorus, indicating a 
tOo-hurried selection or a lean 
bankroll. None approach natural 
beauty. Scene finishes with a gag, 
the director telling a heavily 
clothed chorine to take oft various 
pieces of clothing, with Lee mistak- 
ing the commands as given to him. 

Next an acrobatic routine by the 
male team, good. Then the prima, 
hitting a serious number with fair 
pipes. Four-glrl toe number, poor. 
Picture book skit, ivlth Lee identi- 
fying animals aloud while straight 
proposes to girl, old and reliable. 
Straight says: "You have the figure 
of an — " and Lee yells: "lilppopota- 
mus." 

Showgirl costume parade satis r 
factory. Then the unit's biggest 
talking Interlude, fuUstage Broad- 
way scene with an old hack driver 
handing out "be-good" philosophy 
to k young actress who wants to be 
taken to a speakeasy. "While he 
talks a constant . parade of former 
hlghrlifers now bums slinks across 
stage. Not worth the time. 

ISest Is at the start,' with Lee as 
a whitewing gkgglng with the 
driver. Horse is a prop, occupied' 
by the two hoofers with Insufficient' 
utilization of. comedy opportunities.' 

Later a mlnd-readlng steal from; 
Norman Ftespott la worked by Uee\ 
as the chump who wants to know' 
if his - wife reached Heaven. Lee' 
worked this with Frescott at the! 
Oriental, and ethically dhould have 
left It there even If it is one of the 
unit's biggest laughs. An opera 
satire in funny costume, done by 
prln.eipal trio, among . the better' 
things. ■ , ■ , 

.Finale fullstage pirate ship and! 
Island setting, with entire company; 
in costume. Best eye bit in the 
show. 

Elimination and substitution for 
some of the weak periods is very: 
desirable. 'Won't bring better book- 
ings with the present company, but 
will make more secure the bookings 
it is best suited for. Bing. 



"BLOOD and THUNDER" (6) 
Sketch (Satire) 
16 Mine.; Full (Special) 
Jefferson (V-P) 

Peachy comedy idea that. If prop- 
erly developed, will sell this act to' 
any vaude house in the country. It 
can play 'em high and low, with an 
easily understandable basic comedy 
thought. 

An old-fashioned melodrama 
theme Is burlesqued. "Down on the 
Farm" plot. The villain goes about 
his usual treacherous business, mak- 
ing has dirtf offside cracks, but is 
finally routed; the old homestead is 
saved; the henpecked farmer-father 
snaps out of it and turns the tables 
on his ambitious mate, and the hero 
gets the dotter. 

All in a broad satirical manner, 
the characters far-fetched in their 
efforts to show that it's one big 
joke. The oafishncss goes with the 
fun, however, and the five unbilled 
players do their work very well. 

'What seems to be needed now is 
a bit of staged help from the audi- 
ence. The Jeff mob finally got In 
the mood and cheered at the proper 
moments, but no hissing for the 
vUlyun until the curtain parade at 
the finish. A couple of good hlssers 
out front to start it early would be 
an asset. Bige. 



ILL AND INJURED 

Fred H. Hansen, of Uio T. M. A. 
club, Omaha, recovering from a re- 
cent operation in Omaha. 

Jules Larvett Is In Bellcvue IIos- 
jBlJyttJ, Ward^ao, New York. 

Mafy'Foy (FojTPamnyK^folIoW^' 
Ing an auto accident in which she 
was severely injured. Is out and 
around again. 

-Alpha Hall (Norwood and Hall) 
underwent an operation- yesterday 
(Tuesday) at Park .'West hospital, 
New York. 



"SMOKESCREEN" (3) 
Sketch 

17 Mini.; Full (Parlor) 
Palace, Chicago (St. V) 

This one-act playlet, by Robert 
Kaspcr, recently '\von tUo Chicago 
Drdnia League play tournament and 
tlio. . Edith Rockefeller McCormick 
sllvc^ cup award. Credited as a 
Aiort Singer discovery, with Singer 
picking it up for almost nothing. 
Skit was refurnished and produced 
by Keith's for the Palace with un- 
derstanding of a ruute to follow if 
It clicks. 

Considering the three players as 
at least semi-amateurs with no ac- 
tual professional e.^pcrlence, they 
made a splendid showing with this 
hard boiled audience. Construction 
of the skit needs some mending 
while two of the characters must 
be built up, but after that it should 
measure up. 

Story, carrying something of a 
melo twang, is underworld stuff. A 
prominent man dealing In narcotics 
has been bumped off and the cops 
are looking for the murderer. Trail 
leads to a well kept frail. 

Neatly concocted frame Is put 
over on the gal to make her come 
through with a confession. One of 
the cops Is planted as a dope hound 
In the girl's apartment and leads 
her to believe he did the shooting; 
willing to take the rap for a couple 
of sniffs of snuff. 

Story adroitly treated and well 
directed by James H. Griffin. Helen 
'Williams gives the best perform- 
ance as the shady lady. Arthur 
Bluhm's "dope" is not convincing. 
Same trouble with John Graham, 
who looks, talks and acts too ado- 
lescent for a cop. 

'With these two brushing up and 
given more experience, this skit can 
go the route. Loop, 



GEORGE WILSON and ADDIE 

BEER 
Songs and Talk 
16 Mins.; One (Special) 
SUte-Lake, Chicago (V-P) 

Light comedy team, around for 
years, have a playable turn for any 
house right now. 

George 'Wilson, prolific pianist, 
works with a Dutch dialect in a 
properly accentuated make-up. 

Addle Beer aings but Is more forte >- 
in reading lines and foiling. VThiObei. 
the act requires most is a different 
and stronger finish, after remaining 
materlial is pruned and revam'ped. 
Wilson is a 'capable performer and ' 
depiendable to carry on his type of 
comedy with thci right hind of a ~ 
routine. 

One.thing that should go out- is an . 
Indifferent and conflicting ballad. 
Also K^me of Wilson's gags could 
be more modem and snappy. 

With more of a workout and the. ' 
corrections this turn will measure 
up to standard. tx)op. 

lUDIO ji^S~ BONUS 

(Continued frOm page 1) 
year or so they have come to be 
regarded as the most popular radio 
entertainers In that section, under 
the team name of Amos 'n Andy. 

Four years ago the two men. as 
Carrell and Gosden, were a piano 
and singing act around Chicago, 
commanding, a vaude salary of $16< 
a week, or $176 -if lucky. - - 

As Amos 'n Andy they will not 
step on a. vaude staige for less than 
»4,000 a week— or nothing. The 
nothing Is a manager's alternative. 
The team In Chicago stated they 
will play any vaude theatre within 
their broadcast radius on percent* 
age, with no guarantee other thanr 
proper exploltatlqn. 

Their radio salary from WMAQ 
was reported at $1,600 weekly for 
the one weekly effort, with NBC 
now possibly paying $2,000 for the 
same act. 

Carrell and Gosden first broadcast 
for WGN,, Chicago, as a weekly fea- 
ture over the Tribune's station and 
at a salary only slightly higher than 
their former vaude Income. For i 
radio work at that time they adopt- I 
ed the liames of Sam'n Henry, later i 
changing to Amos 'n Andy when go* . ' 
Ing over to 'WMAQ and big money. 

When established radio name^ ' 
they played vaude In the mid-west 
tor $3,000 and $4,000 a ,week. 

Amos 'n Andy do blackface dialect 
chatter over the air, similar to Mo- 
ran and Mack, but were rad'o favor- 
ites in Chicago when the Two Black 
Crows were still but slightly known 
on the stage. Their weekly routines 
hold continuity, being in story torm..,. 
and picked up and continued week^ 
ly. Wester n ra dio fans listen in 
religiously to find what Amos 'n 
Andy will do next. 

They onco bought an imaginary 
broken down horse and derived six 
months' material from that one in- 
cident. 

NBC signed the team to a con- 
"traBtmbDTit~two-moiiths-agor-to-be-— - 
gin upon expiration of their agree- 
ment with WMAQ, In the mean- 
time the deal between the NBC and 
the Chicago station was consum- 
mated. 

■ NBC hns the act under a one-year , 
contract, with an option. 



40 



V A R i E T Y 



Wednesday, Juiie S, 1929 



FRESENTATIONS-BILLS 

NEXT WEEK (June 10) 
THIS WEEK (June 3) 

Shows carrylner numerals such as (9) or (10) Indicate opening next 
week on Sunday or Monday, na date may bo. For this week (2) or (3) 
with spilt weeks also indicated by dates. 

An itsterlsk (*) before name slgclfles act Is new to city, doing a new 
turn, reappearing after absence or appearing for first time. 

Pictures Include In classification picture policy, with vaudeville or 
presentation as adjunct. ■ 



PARIS 

Week Jnne 1 



AmbaHKiuIeurft 
LeKter Allen 
Nitlly Broen 
G D Wanhlnglon 
Jimmy Rae 
Moreno & Donna 
Joe Kae 
Carolyn Nolte 
M Bdwarda 
Chinese Tr 
.Montalvan Sit 
Marcue 

Clarence Parman 
Miss Noree 

Harry Pllcer 
Jack Poresler 
Florenre & Grip 
OeorKle Hayes 
L Tiller Ulrla 
Rowo Sis 
Dandy-Bach 
Henry Laverne 
Marie Dubas 
raulette Kranck 
Colette Andrlsa 
Qurm I-ambet 
Marc Derrls 
Rica Mae 
Clemen t-Rauzena 

Empire 
Rich Hayes 
Antonet & Beby 
I'yenc 8 

Fred ft Qoldwyn 
Empire Comedy 4 



NIkoIaka 
Silva-Panella 
jRcuuellne ClauAe 
Dalan 6 
Rastelll t 
May Wlrth 

Moulin Rouge 
Bnganny Tr 
Ulscot 

Fernando Llnder 
Rose &■ Money 
Kent & Berenlco 
Lysana Co 
Manzonny- Arizona 
Hornays 
Kldame 2 
nianche de P'umac 
Roneo-Sella.Alex 
Costa Co 
a Marck 

Ume de Marchlnle 

Olympla 
Max Thellon 8 
Poulot 
King Repp 
Calll 

A Poyales 
Franklint 
Jane d'Armont 
Genlat & Dorian 
Qabaroche 
Heirter 2 
Hugoneys Bis 
Qonlce ft Dorian 
Mona Lyso n 



Ted Claire 
Zelaya 

Richard Bold 
Lime Bros 
Nell Jevotl 
Andrew & Carr 
Man I Love" 
BKOOKI.VN 
Fox (3) 
Al K Hall 
Fred Dale 
Babe Gnron 
tda Walker 
Clarke & B»rsman 
Katie Smith 
Reubens 
Orpheus 4 
Terrors 
Wayburn Ballet 
The Far Call' 
Paramonnt (3> 
■^Vall St. Blues' 
Jack Oaterman 
Paul AsU 

The Rainbow Man* 
BUFFALO 
Buffalo (3) 
P'rU ot Bagdad' U 
Phil Lampkln 
Murray & Alan 
Jaquos Cartler 
Idrena 



LONDON 

Week June 3 



riNSBURV VARK 
empire 

Harmony Hall 
LONUOX 
Hippodrome 
( o'clock Qlrl 

Victoria Polnce 
Show's the Thing 



Oracle Flelda 
VF.W CBOSa 
lintpjre 
Busln'ss Is BUBln'ss 
STRATFORD 
Kmpire 
Change Over 



BIBMINOIIAH 
Bmpire 

Boys Will Be B'js 

QtllBd 

The Big Punch 

Royal 
T'ml of ynry D 
lJI..\f:KfO01. 
<inind 
The Rest Home 
Opera Hoaae 
Many Waters 
BRADFORD 
Alharabra 
Toang Bloods ot .V 
CARDIFF 
Empire 
Jack Hylton Co 
EDTNBI'RCH 
Bmpire 
The Damask Rose 
OLASOOW 
Allinmbra 
Hold Bveryllilng 

Empire 
Swanee River 
HAN LEY 
Ornnd 
Off We Go 
HIILL 
Pnlare 
Our Cabaret o( '29 
LRRDR 
Empire 
The Seafarers 

Roynl 
The Third Party 



PROVINCIAL 

ENGLAND 



UVBRPOOI. 
Empire 
All Fit 
HANCHESTEB 
Palace 
The Desert Song 
NEWCASTLE 
Empire 
Crazy Rhythm 
NEWPORT 
Emp4re ' 
Just Plain 'Folk 
NOTTINGHAM 
Empire 
Laugh Town L'ugh 

Roykl 
Hamilton Deane Co 
PORTSMOUTH 
Boral 
Paris Lite 

BALFORO 
Pnlare 
Florrle Forde Co 
SriRl' FIELD 
Empire. 
Lucky In Love 
SOUTHAMPTON 
Empire 
Tbe PleaHure Cheat 
SOOTHSBA 

KIOg'R 

The Truth Game 
SWANSEA 
Empire 

Variety Co 
Kllii Retford 



Picture Theatres 



NEW TOBK CITK 
Capitol (8) 

"Flapoeretlc" Unit 
Dave Schooler 
"The Idle Rich" 
(1) 

"Capitol Frolic" 
Dave Schooler 
R & J Arnaut 
DulIlD & Draper 
Slate Bros 
PattI Spears 
Pavllcek & Tr'sault 
Nina Oglnska 
Cheater Hale OlrU 
"A Man's Man" 
Panunoont (1) 
"Rah Rah Rah" U 
Rudy Vallee Orch 
Helen Lewis 
Foursome i 
Lew Beck 
Barbara Vernon 
*The Rainbow Man' 

Boxr <I> 

Beatrice Belkin 
Harold Van Duzee 
Oshory & Hully 
Paul Van Dyke 
Belle Flower 
H Vodnor 
Michael VoUamln 
William Robyn 
Patricia Bowman 
82 Roxyettes 
'Fox M'tone F'lles' 
CHICAOO, ILL, 
AvalOB (1) 
Charlie Agnew Bd 
[-I Frank Melino Co 
'Pall Mall 
Abbott Adagio Duo 

Capitol (1> 
Charlie Crafts Bd 
Max & Gang 
Helen Nafe 
Lee Mahon t; Fl'ce 
Andrenl Bros & A 

Chicago (31) 

•■aouthland" TTnll 
H L Spltalny Bd 
K't'ky Jubilee S'g s 
Alex'der & Swans'n 
"East Is East" 

Omnnda (D^ 
Guy Loiikbanlo Dd 
Al & Jack Rand 
Betty Veronica 
Nagel & Omar 
Pepplno Si Carthe 

Ilanllng (1) 
"Chinatown" Unit 
Al Moray Bd. 
Norman Frosrott 
Helen Kenaedy 



Mary & Bobby 
'The Letter" 

Marbro (1) 
Tom Patrlcola 
Rose I'erfeot 
Mabel Hill 
Vera Reynolds 
Grace Robinson 
John Sanna 

Norehore (1> 
"Frivolities" Unit 
Lou Kosloft Bd 
GaudHmllh Bros 
Ban Cappa & Sla 
Leon Navara 
"The Letter" 

Oriental <1) 
"Land of Dr'ma" 
Al Kvale Bd 
Handera ft Mlllla 
Frank Sterling 
Lollta Amiet 
Small Uroa 
Peterson Girls 
"Man's Man" 

Paradise (1) 
"Hl-Hats" Unit 
Mark Fisher Bd 
Bob LaSalle 
High Hattera 
Evelyn WIlsoB 
Grant Girls 
'Broadway Melody 

Rlalto (1) 
Llbonatl 

Tilyou & Rogers 
Stmt ford 
2d half (1-8) 
Cookie's Bd 
Gutanos 

Ralph Whitehead 
J & J Trigg 

TlvoU (1) 
X:arnlval C'ktall* 
Frank Masters Ud 
Hooro ft Pal 
Joe Bessed 
Bthal Dallon 
Charles Marsh 
■Pnrtreea— wiliff- 
Fnster Girls 
'Broadway Helody' 

Uptown (1) 
"Harvest Time" U 
Verne Buck Bd 
Davey Loo 
Fauntloroy & 
Stanley 2 
Varsity 4 
Tod Marks 
Gould Glcln 
'Broadway Melody 
IIOHTON 
Metropoiaan (D 
'Surprise Party' U 

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Van 



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Benny Ross 
"Two Weeks Off" 
PHILADELPHIA 

Carman (3) 
"Shakedown" 
' Fox (3) 
Maytlme Melodies 
Jans & Whalen 
Harry Howard 
Locket t & Page 
Aldo Bomente 
Adelaide De Loca 
Harold Wright 
Jeanne MIgnolet 
Helen Andrews 
"Protection" 

SInnlry (3) 
"Waltz Romance" 
Vlto La Manaco 
"Syncopation" 

prrrsni'Ron 

Enrlght (t) 

'Birthday Parly' t 
Dick Powell 
"Bachelor Qlrl" 

Penn (1) 
"Parisian Life' 
Wesley Eddy 
Harry Downing 
I Demons 
4 Merrymakers 
Chilton & Thomas 



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LYONS fc^ LYONS 



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Arch Cannon 
Gladys St John 
Viola Nodvldek 
Persian Ballet 
Innocents ot Paris' 
CLEVELAND 
State (3) 
'Pore" Unit 
Stubby Gordon 
Alex J Morrison 
Cliff Crane 
Brian McDonald 
Olive Foye 
Wilton Crawley 
L Rasch Olrls 
Bridge ot 
San Luis Rey" 
DALLAS, TEX. 
Palace (8) 
B'ty Shop Blues' U 
DENVER, COL. 
Denver (8) 
'Varieties ot '28' U 
The Waltons 
Johnny Perkins 
Dorothy Drakoly 
r>avi! G('Uld Girls 
DETROIT 
Capitol' (1) 
Tlay Ball" Unit 
Del Delbrldgo 
Maurlne Maraellles 
Ray Bolger 
Brown ft Bailey 
Bobby Gilbert 
"Prisoners" 

Fisher (I) 
Laces ft Oracea' U 
Al Donahue 
Clrllllno ft F'tun'lo 
Tommy Atkins 6 
Nell O'Day 
Llora Hoffman 
Gamby-Hale Girls 
"Man I Love" 

MlrhlRon (1) 
George Olaen Orch 
"D'gerouB Woman" 
. LOS ANOELES 
Boulevard (6) 
VInce Silk 
Chain ft Conroy 
The Bell Thazers 
'The Valiant" 
Carthar Circle (10) 
Carll Elinor Orch 
"Pour Devils" 
- Chinese (Indet) 
S Oraumnn Prolog 
Buster West 
A Rasch Ballet 
Jerre Coe 
Alfred Latel 
'Broadway Melody* 

Egyptian (6) 
Badger ft Muesler 
"The Pagan" 
iMw'a State (0) 
'Thru the Gate' U't 
Rube Wolf 
Benny ft Weston 
Cushlng & Hutton 
Marvel 

Sunklssed Beauty 

"East Is Bast" 
Paramonnt (6) 

Milton Charles 

"Rainbow Man" 
MINNEAPOLIS 
Minnesota (8) 

"Cooling Off" Unit 

Cliff Nazarro 

Plckard ft Pal 

Bert Payo 

Wallace Sis 

Gamby-Hnlo Girls 
NEWARK 
Drunford (1) 

'Clrcuji Cabaret' U 



Gamby-Hale Olrla 

'The Pagan" 
PROVIDENCE 
Fay'i (1) 
'Vanities ' ot '29' U 
George Hunter 
Virginia Wheeler 
Buach Sis 
Tiller Girls 

Stark Mad" 

I. ANTONIO. TEX. 
Texas (8) 

'Cheerio" Unit 
O & M Ellje 
Wally Jackson 
Helen McFarland 
Altfia Jackaon 
Dorothy Neville 
Gamby-Hale Girls 

BAN FRANCISCO 

El Capltan (SI) 
Jlmmle Bdwards 

Garrett Price 

Sylvia ft Clemence 

■'The Iron Mask" 
Wnrfleld (31) 

Lynn Cowan . 

Clark ft McC'lough 

6 Hassans 

Blake ft Jones 

Charles Troy 

Tlsh Josephs 

'Girls Gone Wild' 
ST. LODI8 
Antmssador (1) 

"Bubbling Over" U 

Bd Lowry 

Boyd Senter 

Beth Chains 

"Careers" 

HIssoari (1) 

"Bright LIgbta" 

Harry Rose 

Milton Slosser 

"Man I Love" 

WaUI'OT'N. D. 
Fox (8) 

J I Fisher 

Fox Jazzmanlans 

Leon BrusUoS 

Foxettes 

Jos LaRose 

"Stolen Kisses" 
(1) 

J I Fisher 
Muriel ft FIsber 



C. 



Baxter & Bray 
Br'dels C'roll ft M 
Bills ft LaRue Cor 

Sd bait (li-ie) 
The Bmllons 
Goodwin ft Rash 
Kramer ft Boyle 
Kramer Boyle. Co 
(One to nil) 
Grand 

1st halt (10-11) 
Harry Hlnes Co 
(Others to Oil) 

2d halt (13-18) 
Klutlngs Animals 
Jerome ft Ryan 
T ft R Romalne Co 
Bob Albright Co 
(One to fill) 
IJncoIn 8q. 

1st halt (tO-lt> 
Kodak ft Sister 
Goodwin ft Rash 
Billy Claire ft Cutle 
(Two to flII) 

2d half (13-16) 
Trade 2 
(Others to Oil) 
Natlonnl 

lat half (10-12) 
Dubaa 2 
Trado 2 

Abe Roynolds Co 
Doc Baker Co 
(One to All) 

2d halt (13-18) 
Eddy Duo 
Rose O'Hara 
Johnny Hymaa 
6 Harmanlacs 
(One to Hll> 
Orphenm 
let half (10-12) 
Casting Campbells 
Alice Morley 
T ft R Romalne Co 
Toney ft Norman 
J Elliott Co-Bds 
2d half (13-16) 
The Duponta 
Hearst Bros 
Earle Mountain Co 
Dolly Kay Co 
Jack Wilson Co 

State (10) 
Realm of Dance 
Bsmonde ft Grant 
Harry Kahne Co 
Wally Sharplea Co 
Sot Gould Co 
Vanishing Maid 
Victoria 
1st halt (10-12) 
Eddy Duo 
Northlane ft Ward 
McKay ft Ardtne' 
Dolly Kay Co 
(One to nil) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Rose Kress 3 
Wllkens ft Wllkens 
Qoode Logan Co ^ 
Krugel ft Robles 
Jacksonlans 

BBOOKLTN 
Bedford 
1st halt (10-12) 
Angel Bros 
LaMarr, & Bolce 
Primrose Semon Co 
Bekefl Dancers 
(One to BID 

2d half (13-16) 
Bardelangs 
T ft J Dale 
GIfford ft Oreshnm 
Whirl ot Splendor 
(One to flll) 
Commodore 
let halt (10-12) 
Jordan & Grace 
Will J Ward 
Miller ft Marx Bev 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
J ft I St Onge 
8 Travelling S'man 
Kemper ft Noble 
Parmeta ft Mlllett 
(One to flll) 
46th St. 
1st halt (10-12) 
Lionet Raye 
F D' Armors Co 
Happiness Boys 
Rose Kreas S 
(One to flll) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Dubas 2 
3 Hauser Boys 
LaMarr ft Bolce 
Conrad ft Eddy 
Atklns'n Luc'da Co 
Gates An. 
1st half (10-12) 
Klutlng's Animals 
Irving ft Lewis 
Goods Logon Co 
Bob Albright Co 
Study In Blues 

2d halt (13-16) 
Angel Bros 
Relly & Gale 
Jack Plynn Co 
A4 Belasco Co 
(One to flll) 

HetippoUtaa (M 
Serge Flash Co 
Violet McKee Co 
Fraternity Sa 



Co 



2d halt (11-lt) 
Jordan ft Orace . 
Will 1 Ward' • 
Morris ft Sha-w 
Miller ft Marx Rev 
(One to flll) 
Premier 

1st bait (10-11) 
Conley t 

Dorothy Wahl Co 
Anderson ft Graves 
Harry Stanley Co 
(One to flll) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Davids ft Glass 
Halstead ft Daniels 
Carnoy & Jean 
Bekefl Dancers 
(One to flll) 

Ahron (10) 
Lucas ft Lillian 
Pynnn ft Dor'.a 
H MontKomery 
Milton Berle 
Lee 2 Co 

ATLANTA, nA. 
Grand (10) 
Singer's Midgets 
(Others to All) 
BAY BIDOE 
Loew's 
1st halt (10-12) 
The Duponta 
Bernard & Henrle 
Billy Beard 
Virginia. M'talneera 
(One to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
Casting Campbells 
Helen Moretti 
Harry Stanley Co 
Romalne ft Castle 
Bert Collins Co 
BOSTON 
Orphenm (10) 
C ft L Earle 
Lyons ft Waterman 
Georgle Hunter 
Jacic Bain's Show 
(One to All) 

CANTON (10) 
Reck ft Rector 
Victor Oliver Co 
Dave Gardner Co 
Lydell ft Hlggins 
Casa Lehn Co 
CLEVELAND 

Granada 
2d halt (13-16) 
Reck ft Rector 
Victor Oliver Co 
Lydell ft Hlggins 
(Two to flU) 
CORONA. L. I. 



lat half (10-12) 
t Ladelias 
Lauren ft LnDare 
Carney ft Jean 
Gale Carson Rev 
(One to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
Larimer ft Hudson 
Irving ft Lewis 
F D'Armore Co 
Alice Morley 
(One to All) 
EVAN»V'LE. IND, 

Loew*)) (tO) 
Stickney's Circus 
Hale ft Hoffman 
Alton ft Wilson 
L Fitzgerald Co 
Masterpieces 
HOrSTON 
HonstOB (10) 
Page ft Clans 
Murphy ft Wilton 
Al Wohlman 
Night Club Rebels 
(One to flll) 
MBHPHIS, TENN. 

Loetr's (10) 
Howard Girls 
Convey 2 ft Johnny 
O'Neill ft Manners 
Monologlst 
Love In the Ranks 
HONTKBAL 
Loew's (10) 
Paul Bros 
8 MoCann Sis 
Hits Reflow Co 
Tucker ft Smith 
Great Blackstone 
NEWARK 
State (10> 
6 Mounters 
Jerome Mann 
Reed Hooper Rev 
Stuart ft Lash 
Cavallera 
NEW ORLEANS 

State (10» 
Breen LaBard ft D 
H ft B Hutcblns 
Dear Little Rebel 
Coscla ft Verdi 
Kay Hamlin ft Kay 
NORFOLK. VA. 
Loew's (10) 
Ford ft Price 
J Sidney's Frol'k'ra 
(Three to flll) 
TORONTO 
Loew's (10) 
The Fitzgeralds 
Bobby Van Horn 
L'nder Bros & L'ry 
Whooping It Up 
Bay Pagan's Orch 



Nonnaa 1?boraaa t 
<Two to mo . 

td halt (C-<) 
Paulsen Sis 
4 Pepper Shakers 
Wm Morris Co ' 
Joe Harks Co 
PUoer ft Doifglas 
Ferdham 

1st halt (8-lt) ■ 
Paul S^dell ft Sp'ty 
KoBcoe All Co 
(Two to flll) 

2d halt (6-B) 
Don Valerlo Co 
Blair ft Breen Co 
Chas Hopkins Co 
Mae Usher 
Marion Vadl D'no's 



4a w polnt 
lat half (8-ltT 
Olrmdla Julei Co 
Juata ft Charlie . 
QaRoey ft Walton 
Jimmy Reynold! 
Almad ft Gray' Sli 

td hall. (6-8) 
Jean ft jeannette 
Walker & Andree 
4 Caasons 
Kemper ft Noble 
(One to flll) '. ^ 

KODfDON 

1st halt («-12) 
Cooper ft Cav'n'gh 
Johniiy Berkea 
(Three to flll) 



EXCLUSIVEtV OESIQNEO 
GARMENTS FOR GENTLEMEN 



BEN ROCKE 



1«32 B'way, at SOth BU N. Y. Cit) 



FranWIa 

1st halt (»-lt) 
Bob Henshaw Co 
(Others to flll) 
'2d halt (13-lS) 
Duncan's Collies 
Edison ft Gregory 
Jerry ft Baby Or'ds 
Joe Marks Co 
(One to flll) 

2d halt (6-g) 
Donovan Girls 
Roy Cummlngs 
Big Parade 
(Two .to nil) 
lUmUtoa 

1st halt (»-12) 
Le Paul 
(Others to flll) 

.2d halt (6-8) 

3 NItos 
Jay Herby 
Car-non 

Lane ft Harper 
D ft B Ford Rev 
JeffertMMi 
1st halt (6-12). 
Marcus Show 
(Others to flll) 

Id halt (13-16) 
Marcus Show 
(Others to flll) 

Sd halt (6-fr) 
Ruth Mix Unit 
(Others to nil) 
Palace (•) 
Chevalier Bros 
Vanessl Co 
B ft E Newell 
(Three to flll) 

(2) 
8 Rangers 
Harry Carroll Rev 
Bill Robinson 
Helen Kane 
Murrey ft Oakland 

4 Phillips 

Begtat 
1st half (9-12) 
Feather Creations 
Doyle ft Donnelly 
(Three to flll) 



2d halt (13-16) 
Brems FItz ft M'hy 
(Others to flll) 

2d halt (6-8) 
Boyd ft Wallln 
U ft A Clark 
ROscoo Alls Co 
(Two to flll) 
Madison 
1st halt (9-12) 
Ates ft Darling 
Blood ft Thunder 
Corlnne Tllton 
Big Parade 
(One to nil) 

2d halt (13-16) 
I<e Paul 

Bob Henshnw Co 
(Three to flll) 

2d holt (6-8) 
Al Ubby Co 
a ft C Worth 
Llla Grey Chaplin 
Raym'nd ft Caverly 
The Envoys 
AKRON. O. 
Palace 

Ist halt (10-12) 
Revel Bros ft Red 
Ruddell & D'nigan 
Claiborne Foster 
Jack Smith 
Van Cello ft Mary 
. '2d halt (13-16)> 
Haxlne ft Bobby 
Jerome ft Gray 
Ben Blue 
: (Two to nil) 

2d halt (6-9) 
Kafka Stanley ft M 
Lou Cameron 
Richards ft Churoh 
Clifford & Marian 
Happiness Girls 
ALBA NT 

1st halt (10-12) 
HuBlo Art Rev 
(Others to flll) , 

2d halt (e-9> 
The Dakotas 
The Murrey Girls 
Sully ft Houghton 




ENOUSH TOUB 



2d halt (13-16) 
Bacley ft Jackson 
Revue de Extra'n're 
(Three to flll) 

2d half (6-8) 
Blood ft Thunder 
Jinics ft Ann 
Act Exquisite 
A Kent ft Cavan'gh 
(One to flll) 
Royal 

lat halt (9-12) 
Crystal 3 
Marie Nordstrom 
Guy Rarick Co 
Cleo Howard Co 
(One to nil) 

2d half (6-8) 
Louis ft Cherie 
Miller ft Kelo 
The Bearcat 
Bark ft Saun 
Rodrigo Lil& Co 
CONEY ISI.AND 
Tllyoa 

1st half (9-12) 
Bacley ft Jackson 
Jerry & Baby Or'ds 
Edison ft Gregory 
(Two to flll) 

2d halt (13-16) 
(Htevaller Bros 
Blood ft Thunder 



TUESDAYS 
HOTEL 
MANHATTAN 
159 West 47th St. 
NEW YORK 



JACK Le UPSHUTZ 

TAILOR, 908 Walnot St, Phila. 



Heaty ft Clifford 
Mario ft Lazirlne 
Pox Jazzmanlans 
Leon BruslloS 
Paral 2 

Samuel Korman 
Tumbling Clowns 
Foxettes 

"Girls Gone Wild" 

Pulace (8) 
"Circus Cabaret" U 
Herbert Rawlinson 
"A Mao's Man" 
(1) 

"Fifth Avenue" tJ 
Herbert Rawlinson 
Caltes Bros 
Dolores, D'glos ft E 
Hector ft Pal 
Robert Cloy 
Bleanor Vornade 
Rasch Girls 
"The Pagan" 



Loew 



Smith & Hart 
Taylor Randall Co 
S'shine S'my ft Bro 
Oriental 

1st halt (10-12) 
LaFleur & Portia 
Mfison ft Qwynne 
Earle Lee Co 
Jerome ft Ryan 
Whirl ot Splendor 

2d halt (13-16) 
Ted ft Teddy 
Dorothy Wahl Co 
Gordon ft Walker 
B ft R Qomao Rev 
(One to flll) 
Palaee 

1st half (10-12) 
B & G Carmen 
r<evan ft Bernie 
Bert Walton Co 
NTG Club Rev 
(One to flll) 



WDHAVEN, I.. I. 
Wlllard 

1st halt (10-12) 
Tokl Japs 
Hinds ft Leonard 
Seym'r How'rd Rev 
Winifred ft MItU 
C Harmanlacs 

2d half (13-16) 
Harry Hlnes Co 
(Others to flll) 
VONKBB.S, N. T. 
Yonkera 

1st half (10-12) 
Scherr Bro* 
Scott Bros ft Vnoo 
Glbba 2 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
Kodak ft Sister 
Scherr Bros 
Jules Howard Co 
Johnny Herman 
Gibbs 2 



NEW YORK CITY 

.'-.-^-Itoulevard-.-*^.- 
■ iHt halt (10-12) 
Ted & Toddy 
2 Blossoms 
Jack Flynn Co 
Al Bela.ico Co 
(Olio to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
2 Ladelias 
Hinds 'ft Leonard 
Toney ft Norman 
.Study In Blues 
(One to nil) 

. Delanroy nt. 
lat half . (10-12) 
J ft I St Onge 



Wllkens ft Wllkens 
J2dgacvJ2ocsan..Co.»- 
Krugel ft Robloa 
Jacksonlans 
(One to nil) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Yoki Japs. 
Northlane ft Ward. 
Winifred ft Mills 
Lauren ft LdDaro 
Primrose .Soman Co 
J Blllott Co-Kds 

' Falrmoont 

. Int halt (10-12) 
nardelnngs . 
Hearst Bros 




' NEWTOBir-CITY" 
Chester 

Int half (9-12) 
Zaatro ft White 
:Juo Marks, Co 
Jaok Pepper 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (13-16) 
.Corlnne Tllton 
(Others to flll) 

2d halt (6-S) 
H.'i'ruiii ft Scaruia 
.Slunrt ft Lash 
The f'.ivMlers 
Cl'wo tb Oil) 



ColISeiun~~'~" 
Int halt (9-12) . 

Broken Toys \ . 

(Others to flll) 
2d halt (0-8) 

Helen B Margo Co 

laim Glty 4 

Wm Ualperin Co 

Joe May ft Potty 

Sammy Kali n Orch 
Slflt SL 
Int halt (9-1 St 

Bob Bob ft Hobby 

Savoy & Miiaa 



Ates ft Darling 
Big Parade 
(One to nil) 

2d halt (6-1) 
Arthur ft Darling 
Jerome Jackson Co 
Wilson ft Dobson 
Jack Strouse 
Zastro ft White 
TAH BOOKAWAT 
Strand 

Id halt (12-16) 
Shean ft Cantor 
(Others to flll) 

2d halt (6-8) 
Wilfred Da BolB 
Bobby Rowland 
Helody Mansion 
Orth . & Codes 
Willie West ft McO 
Curly Burns Co 

BK(M>ELTN 
Albee (0) 

Freda .& Palace 
Mel Klee 
Sophie Tucker 
(Two to nil) 
(2) 

Broken Toys 
Block & Sully 
Baclr.nova' 
"eorlone^rilton'™^' - 
Norman Thomas 6 
Bushwlck 

lat half (9-12) 
Ramn'n Monkeys 
Hnrv Kelly 
Chlfrliolm ft Breen 
Hardo & Ray . 
(On* tc nil) 

2d halt (6-8) 
The Chorun Ladles 
Shean &■ Anger 
.Snooror Jr 
Margie Coates 
(One to ail) 



Cy Wills 
6 Cracker Jacks 
ATLANTIC CITY 
. Earle 
1st half (10-12) 
8 Kaswell Sis 
Lnmm ft White 
Wm Bbba Co 
Kemper ft Noble 
Les Gellis Rov 

2d bait (13-16) 
Clinton Rooney U't 
(Others to nil) 

BALTIMORE 
New Oardena (10) 
Nan Halperin Unit 
(Others to nil) 
(3) 

Marcus Unit 
(Others to flll) 

BOSTON, MASS. 

Reltb-Albee (10) 
Monroe ft Grant 
Rosa Rosalie 
Mischief Makers 
(Two to flll) 
(3) 

B LIndaey ft Sultan 
Kirby ft Duval 
Harry Cooper Co 
Prank Farron 
Webster ft Marino 
B. F. Keith (10) 
Hlijicey Bros 
Baclanova 
Murray ft Oakland 
Bill Robinson 
(One to flll) 
(1) 

H TImberg Vrl'tles 
C'rter de. Haven Co 
Mel Klee 
(Two to flll) 
SeoUay 8q. (10) 
Lane ft Harper 
Lew Rice 
The Rangers 
(Two to flll) 
(3) 

Gordon ft Gert.-ude 
Marie DIComba 
Powers ft Jarret 
Frank Convllle 
Bbony Scandals 
BUFFALO 
Hippodrome (10) 
Happiness Qlrls 
2 Ghezzls 
Powers & Wallace 
Joe Browning 
(One to nil) 
(3) 

Dainty Marie 
Scott Sanders 
Teck Murdock 
Kleeson ft Hayes 
Princess Pat 
CHARLOTTE 

Carolina 
8d half (13-16) 
Manuel Vega 
Kraft ft Lament 
Bailey ft Barnum 
J Burchlli Blondes 
(One tc flll) 
(----2d-hMl(r^6-9)- 
Hal Kemp's Bd 
Col Jack George 
Manny King Co 
(Two to flll) 
CHICAGO 
Palar^ (10) 
Ous ft Will 
Bob Nelson 
Nick Lucas 
Adlor ft Bradford 
Dick HondcrsoD 
Chlo Bales 
(3) 

Dainty Uarle 



Gordon, ft Klnr 
Floranca Moon 
Leavitt ft IfOokw'd 
Harris ft RadollBa 
Honey Tr 
Smokescreen 

St«te>Tjtk« (!•> ' 
Tabor ft Greene 
Nataeha Nattova 
Hal Nelman 
Long Taok Sam 
(One to nil) 

- f») 
Geo Dorraonde Co 
George HcLennon 
Casey ft Warren 
Ben Blue Co 
Peplto 

CINOiNNATI 
Albee (10) 
Holen Johns Co 
Slim TlmMIn 
Kitty Doner 
Joe Howard Co 
Lomas Tr 
(3) 

Sonorlta Alcanez 
Ruddell ft D'nigan 
Jimmy Aliard 
Little Jack Little. 
5 Bracks 

CLRV-ELA{nt 

lOBth St. 
1st half (10-12) 
Bracks 
Murray Olrls 
Rne & Dot Dean 
3 Sailors 
(One to nin 

2d half (13-16) 
Marie Vero 
Manny King Co 
Geo- McLellan 
(Two to' nil) 

2d half (6-9) 
3 Aces 

Revel . Bros & Red 
Edgar Bergen 
Weaver Bros 
Home Folks 

Palace (1A> 
Watch This R'thm 
Lou Cameron 
McLellan ft Sara 
Schepp's circus 
(One to flll) 
(3) 

The Ghezzls 
Bernlce ft Emily 
Britt Wood 
Al B White Co 
(One to nilv 

coLCMnrs 

Palace (10) 

Campus C'leagues 
Art Henry 
Tom Waring 
Weaver Bros 
Home Polks 
(3) 

De Face 
Jerome ft Grey 
The Fakir 
Whlap Jack Smith 
Lomr.s Tr 

DAYTON, O. 
Keith's 
1st half (10-12) 
Pace C'nsino ft J'ta 
Bob -Hail 
Kitty Doner.. 
Slim Tlmblln ' . 
Nemos Midgets ' . ' 

2d halt (13-16>.'!;- 
Adler ft Bradford: '. 
Bayes ft Speck 
Betty Blythe 
Art Henry 
Bvers ft Greta 
FLUSHING 
let half (10-12) 
Ruth Mix Unit 
(Others to Hll) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Ruth Mix Unit 
Johnny Berkes 
(Throe to nil) 

2d halt (6-9) 
Sawyer ft Eddie 
Robert Newell Co 
Jarvls ft Harrison 
Frank Hunter Co 
Ledova' 

JERSEY CITY 

. State 
let halt (10-12) 
Eddie Martin 
Hunter ft Pnrcival 
(Three to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
Music Art Revue 
(Others to flll) 

2d half (6-9) 
Lum ft White 
Shapiro ft O'Malley 
(Two to fllh 
LOS ANGELES 
Hlllstreet (10) 
Turner Bros 
Kenneth Harlan 
Lee Gall Ensemble 
(Two to flll) 
(3) 

TjOwIs & WInthrop 
Bobby Muy 
Chaney t Fox 
Van ft Schnnck 
Gordon's Dogs 

Orphenm (10) 
Blomberg's Dogs 
Anatole Friedland 
Gordon ft Squires 
Frank DO Voe 
Qua Arnhelm Orch 
(3) 

Large ft Morgner 
Wells ft 4 Fays 
Sylvia Clark 
Evans ft Mayer 
Venlta Gould 
Charles King 
Hurst ft Vogt 
LOUISVILLE 

Klallo 
1st half (10-12) 
Helen Ardon 



Olson ft Johnson • . 
|(Two to flll) 

Sonrth* ft' Kelly 

.frlganza 
MItohell ft Durante 
(Two to flll) . • 

UONTRKVl 
, 'Imperial 

Ut half (10-1!) 
The Graduates 
H«y ft Hurrisoa 
Qua Fowler 
Columbia 4 

Ellly Moody 
. ee Palmlras 
NEW BEDFOIW 

1st half (10-1!) 
Russian Art Clr 
Murray Girls 
Thos P Jacksfon Co 
Fid Gordon 
Mlsohlet Makers 
NIAGARA FAM,S 
Bellevlew 
lat halt (10-1!> 
Stanley Rolilckera 
(Others to All) 

2d half (13-16) 
Oh Woh Tr 
Roger Williams 
Pan Fare 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (C-9) 
Sheldon Heft & L 
Burt ft Lehmann 
Ren Christie Co 
(Two to flll) 
OAkLAND 
Orpheum (10) 
Ryan Sis 
B ft J Browne 
John Chas Tiiomos 
Buck ft Bubbles 
(One to flll) 
OBIAHA 
Orphenm (10) 
Lester Irving a 
Watson ft Cohan 
Gllda Gray 
(Two to All) 
(3) 

The Agemos 
Flenrette Jeoffre 
Bob Nelson 
B ft O Sherw'd Bd' 
(One to flll) 
OTTAW.A 
Kelth'a (10) 
Turner ft orace 
Baby Rose Marie 
Wilson Crowley Co 
Ben Smith 
Frlscoe Harmonists 
(3) 

Geo Gordon 
Norton ft Neweome 
Zlmmy 

Harris '& Pepper 
The Graduates 

PHTLADEI'PinA 
Earle (10) 
Louis ft Cherie 
Walsh ft Clark 
Irene Rich 
Scott Saunders 
Btwny Scandals 
Margaret Padula 
Ntxon 
1st half flO-iy .. 
Clinton ft Roohey u 
-(Others to .Ail)' -J., 
half (13-ie> 
f Kaswell Sis 
'Ituthm ft Whlt« 
Wm Bbba Co ' 
Roy Rogers 
Les Gellis Rev 
PITTSBURGH 
Sheridan Hq. 
1st halt (10-12) 
Carol Lynn 
(Othera to All) 

2d halt (13-16) 
O ft M Moore 
Jim MoWllllams 
(Three to flll) 

2d halt (6-9) 
Marie Harcourt 
Meehan ft Newman 
Joe Freed Co 
Campus Col'eagues 
(One to flll) 
BOCHE8TEB 
Palace 
1st halt (10-11) . 
Lestra Lament 
Roger Imhoff 
Tatea ft Lawley 
4 Ac^ ft a Queen 
(One to flll) 

2d half (13-16) 
Bentell & Gould 
Prince Wong 
Ken (jhristy 
Watson Sis 
6 Bracks 
. 2d half (t>-7> 
Aussie ft Cxhech 
Billy Moody 
Bddle Lambert 
Vanessl 
Joe Browning 
SAN FRANCISCO 
Golden Oate (10) 
Count BernI Vlcl C* 
(Others to flll) 
(3) 

Turner Bros 
Ryan Sis 
Carl Fried Orch 
Norton ft Haley 
Blomberg's Dogs 
Orphenm (10) 
Collegiate Unit 
Bee Starr 
(Three to All) 
(3) r- 
Frank Wllsoh 
J ft B Browne 
Al Trahane 
Anatole Friedland 
Gordon ft Suulrea 
Buck ft Bubbles 
Mangcan-. Tr 



OFFICIAL DENTIST TO THB N. V. A. 

DR. JULIAN SIEGEL 

1B60 BROADWAY 
This Week! 
Oraee Menken i Frnnklyn IFlomam 



Joi Rogan 
Hap IJaziird 
Vorke ft King 
Ued .')uMahue 

2d half (13-16) 
Al B 'Whito Co 
Master Joy Ward 
(Three to flll) 

2d halt (6-9) 
Pace C'nalno & J'tu 
Bob Hall 
Kitty Doner 
Slim Tlmblln 
Rcmoi Midgets 

BItf.n'AVKRF. 
Pithit'C (10) 
•Porsythe.'&-Kelly— 
Lulu McConncIl 
Rae Samuels 
Mitchell ft Durante 
The Sherwoods 
(3) 

3 Whirlwinds 
Sid Marlon Co 
Clalre'ne Foster Co 
Murray & Oakland 
Olson ft Johnson 
MINNEAPOTJS 
Hennepin (10) 
Dnrlckson ft Brown 
Our Guns Kids 



SEATTLE 
Orphenm (10) 
Dlehl Sis ft McD'Id 
Natbal - 
George Deatty 
Glenn ft Jenkins 
Porker & Babs 
(3) 

Shannon's Frolics 
John Barton Co 
Lottlce Howell 
Eddie Borden 
U S Indian Dd 
ST. I,OUIS 
St. I'bulB (19) 
.Little Jack LlttlO . 
WSlls A'TSnHy""^ 
Gordon ft King 
Davison's Loons 
(One to nil) 
(3) 

Sophie Tucker 
Hal Nelmnn 
Palis Heading & » 
(Two to All) 
BYRijXOVSE 
Keith's ' ' 
let half (10-1!> 
Dentell ft Gould 
Prince Wone 



Wednesday, June 6, 1928 



V A R I E T Y 



41 



X«ii< cbrlBty 

• 2d*ha1f <«-»«) 
4 AceB & « Qa««» 
Murray Glrl» 
fioger Iranon 
t lollora 
: L»tra liiimant Co 
halt 

Wry "Dugan :TInJt 
TotherB to flin 
'""^TORONTO 
Blppodrome (10) . 
Ashley Palgo 
JMck MuraocK 
Hayes ft Fleeson 
painty MbtIo 
(Oae to All) 
(3) 

Ous Fowler 
Xayre & Sayro 
Undercurrent 
Jim McWilllams 

■ Bobbins Family 
TRENTON 
Ht holt (10-12) 
■Vlo Honoy i ., 
Mavahl _ _ 
Val Harris Co 

• James C Morton Co 
(One to mi) 
■ Orphonm (10) 
ri»le 4 . „■ 
Chase ft :l<a Tonr 
Galla RInl & Sis 
Herbert ■William* 
Kitchen Pirates ■ 

DIehl Bis & UoP 
Hathol 



QeorKa Beatty 
aienn''ft Jenkins 
Parker Baba 
WHITE PKUNS 
KelUt'a 

let halt (10-12) 
Clifford & Marlon 
(Others to All) 

2d half (13-16) 
Da.ve ' Vine 
(Others to flII) 

2d halt (e-9) ' 
Metropolitan 4 
Bob Henshaw Co 
(Three to flll) 

. WINNIPEG 

Orplieom (10) 
I>athroi> BrOB 
Hamp & Beck 
Whltey & H!d Ford 
Al. Abbott 
Colleano Si Family 

YOVNGBTOWM 
Keith's 

1st halt (10-12) 
Mailne ft Bobby 
Jerome & Gray 
Ben Blue 
(Two to (111) 

2d half (13-16) 
Revel Bros & Red 
RDddell It, Dunlgan 
Clalrborne Foster 
Jack Smith 
Van. Cello & Mary 

2d half (6-9) 
Schepp's Circus 
Prince Wong 
Watson Sis 
Powers & Wallace - 
3 Sailors 



HOWARD SLOAT 

BONDS FOR INVESTMENT 

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Proctor 



hdth St. 
1st bait (»-12> 
Redman & Wills 
(Others to fill) 
Uth. fit. 
1st half (»-12) 
Brooks a Rush 
Parisian '4 
(Tbr«e to All) 
12Sth St. 
Ist hnit (S-12) 
Jack John Co 



May Cook Coward 
(Throe to fill) - 
WBSTCHESTEB 

Tonkers 
let halt (9-12) 
Ted Leary Co 
(Others to All) 

NEW.4BK (B) 
Murand & Glrtenn 
Bair & Davie 
Cy Wills 

Roy Sedley & Mob 
(One to All) 



Interstate 



..TLANTA 
Keith's (10) 
. Fulton & Mack 

Carlena X>ldmond 
' Rich & Cherle 
' (Two to All) 

BimiUiGH.UI 
Wis (10). 
^ .^Sandy Lang Co 
ArgO & Toung 
■I'll &. F Seeman 
vzelda Santley 
|r:<Crochett'B M'taln'rs 
' DAIXAS, TEX. 
Majestic (10) 
' Great Nelson Tr 
Ruth Warren Co 
JImmIe Rodgers 
Shaw Carroll Rev 
(One to All) 
FT. WORTH, TEX. 

MaJosUo (10) 
RItz Bros Unit 
(Others to All) 
HOU8TON, TEX. 
Bfertlnl <10) 
Geo Stanley Co 
Flo -licwis 
Ultkua 2 
Med Haverly 
Modern Cinderella 
LIT. ROCK, ARK. 
Majestio 
l9t halt (10-12) 
6 llockots 
Birdie Reeves 
Kane & Bills 
(Two to All) 



2d halt (13-16) 
Rogers & Wynne 
Madeline' Patrice 
O'Donnell & Blair 
(Two to Ail) 

MIAMI. OKLA. 
New Coleman (10) 
Toys 

Loos Bros 
M & A Skelly 
Oscar Lorraine 
(One to All) 
MBW ORLEANS 

Orplieum (10) 
Moran & Wiser 
Emily Earle 
WIIH'ms & Delaney 
Harry Bums Co 
Jeannle 

OKLAIiaVA CITY 
Orpbeam (10) 

B & B Miller 

Joe Deller 

Gene Lewis Co 

6 Honey Boys 

Deck Scbing Co 
SAN ANTONIO 
HaJesUc (10) 

Hudson Wonders 

Carder Boys 

666 Sycamore St 

Ch'berlin & HImes 

Billy Doss Co 
TULSA, OKLA. 
Orphenm (10) 

Dave White Co 

(Others to Al<) 



Association 



CHICAGO, ILL. 
Englewood 
' 1st halt (9-11) 
8 Kenna Girls 
Billy Fields Co 
Rogers ft Gregory 
(Two to All) 

2d halt (12-16) 
Venetian 4 
Hall & Brmlnle 
Alex Barto 3 
(Two to All) 
BAVENFORT, lA. 
Capital 

1st halt (9-11) 
Swor ' & Goods 
Jeanette Hackett 
(One to All) 

2d halt (12-16) 
Ken Murray Unit 
Ray Hughes ft P 
(One to All) 
DES SrOINES. lA. 
Orph^mj 

1st halt (9-11) ; 
Ken Murray Unit 
Ray Hughes & P 
(One to All) 

2d half (12-16) 
Teter HIggins 
(Two to Ail) 
EV'NSV'LIJ!, INB. 

Victory 
, 2d halt (13-16) 
JOS B Howard Co 
Herbert Faye Co 
(Three to All) 
G'D R'Plbs, BTH. 
Pork 

let half (9-12) 
undercurrent 
PrSJ"" * Wahl 
(Three to All) 
_, 2d half (13-16) 
Typical Topics 
(Others to Ail) 

INBTOLIS, IND. 

»~Lyrio-<»)*-~ 

Leayltt & L'kwood 
(Two to All) 

HANS, CITV, MO. 
Molnstreet (9) 

J;"eon Kcppel & B 
Pleurette Jooltre 
Kelly 4 Jackson 
Lytell A Fant 
KIkuta Japs 
"NCOLN, NKB, 
Lincoln (10) 
Whirl of Soig « D 



Proslnl 

Fressler ft Klaiss 
MADISON, WIS. 
Orphenm 

let halt (9-11) 
Maurice Colleano 
B Stanley ft Ginger 
(One to All) 

2d half (12-16) 
Fnlln ncading ft B 
BrI-.t Woon 
Bildie Dale Co 
MILW'KEE, WIS. 

Riverside (9) 
Tho Agemos 
BiHie Baker Co 
(Three to All) 
BOCKFORD, ILL. 
Falocs 

lat ha.t (9-11) 
Falls Kcnding & B 
Britt Wood 
Eddie X>ale Co 
(One. to All) 

2d halt (12-16) 
B Stanley ft .Ginger 
Maurice Colleano 
(Two to All) 
SO, BEND, IND. 
Palace 

let halt (9-11) 
Black Cat 4 
(Three to Ail) 

2d halt (12-16) 
N Amaot ft Bros 
Tyler Mason 
(Two to All) 
ST. PAUL. MINN. 
PaIace-Orplieam(9) 
Billy Hnllen 
Jack Fine's Follies 
(One to All) 
PRE H'TE, IND. 
Indiana 

1st half (9-11) 
Wonrca-ft^A-iSkcily 
(Two to All) 

2d half (12-16) 
RIgoletto Bros 
(Two to All) 
TOFEKA, KAN. 
NoTelty 

1st half (10-12) 
Carter ft Aalbu Sis 
(Two to All) ' 

2d halt (13-16) 
Lewis & Wintbrop 
(Two to All) 



Croat States 



DECATUR, ILL.' 
Lincoln 
1st halt (9-11) 
3 Gobs ' 
B ft J Crelghton 
RIgcletto Bros 
(Two to Ail) 

2d bait (12-16) 
Eileen ft Mnrjorle 
Max His Gang 
Bowr'an Dancers 
(Two to AH) 
JOLIKT. ILL. 
Rlalto 



1st halt (10-12) 
Angus ft Eearle 
Hill Billies 
(Three to All) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Herbert's Rebels 
(Others to All) 
W.IVKEGAN, ILL. 
Genesee 

Iftt bait : (9-11) 
6 Coi'dinois 
Prim rose ' 4 
Billy Farroll Co 
(Two to All) 



Pantagies 



TORONTO 

Pontages (10) 
D Walker ft Sis 
Jean Joyson 
Tony Shanes Co 
(Two to All) 
HAMILTON 

Pontages (10) 
The StubberAelds 
Bonner ft Power 
Tell Tales 
Jean Graness 
Keep Moving 
TOLEDO, O. 

Fantagca (10) 
The Rlxfords 
Mayme Gehrue 
Pedrick & Peaches 
Hibbitt ft Hartman 
Marveltone 
SPOKANE, WASH. 

Pantages (10) 
Josephine Davis 
Holden-ft King 
Collegiate Nights 
(Two to All) 
VANCOUVER 

Pantages (10) 
Relil ft Lopell 
J ft B Page 
Pringle A James 
Enchanted Forest 
(One to All) 
TAOOMA, WASH. 

Pantuges (10) 
Didinond ft Wall'n 
Ketch ft Wllma 
Bulldog Sampson 
Rnxy LaRocca 
Alma & Duvall 
PORTKAND, ORE. 

Pantages (10) 
Royal Gascolgnes 
Thomas ft Raye 
Harry Kayden Co 
Holland ft O'Den 
Flo Bckerl Co 
SAN FRANCISCO 

Fantaces (10) 
Paul Whiteman 
(Others to All) 

FRBSNO, CAL. 

Pantages (10) 
Jungleland 
I,eonld Martov 



Clemens Belling 
Seym'r Potn'ra A B 
Radio Presentation 
LOS ANOELBS 
Fantaces <M) 
Alberta Lee 
Dancing Danbnrys 
Paul's llawallans 
F ft J Rhlnehart 
O'Detts Chas ft U 
SAN DIBOO, CAL. 
. Fastness (M>- 
Pollard 

Marcell ft LaSonrce 
Hadll All 

Penny Reed ft (Tld 
Walter Wallers 
Revels of 19ft9 
L. BEACH, CAL. 
' Pantages (10) 
Polar Pastimes 
Foley Kids 
Ray Shtinnon Co 
.Toe Roberts 
Prince Let LanI 
SALT LAKE CITY 

Fantaces (10) 
A I Rome Co 
Bcown ft Wells 
Fleets Bros ft Sis 
Fielder H'riet ft H 
Lowe ft- S'gent Rev 

LOGAN. VTAH 
Pantages 

1st halt (10-12) 
(Same bill plays 
' Ogden 2d halt) 
Inti Comlques 
Browno ft Lavellie 
Kincald Kilties 
Cardial . 
'Amos ft Andy 

KANSAS CITS 
Fantavea (10) 
Stanton ft Dol«res 
Laypo ft I..es 
Bean Briimmela 
' Marcelle 
Scrambled Legs 

' EDMONTON 
Fantages (!•) 
Australian Circus 
Kennedy ft Davis 
Opera Memories 
(Two to All) 



ALL THIS WEEK 

THANK YOlll 
Bob CARNEY and JEAN 
LOEWS STATE 
Direotion LEDDJ & SMITH 

220 W«it 47th St.. Bnlte 901 



Botterfield 



ANN ABB'S, M'H. 
Michigan 

Ist halt (9-12) 
Typical Topics 
(Two to All) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Medley ft Dupree 
(Two to All) 

FLINT, MIOH. 
Capitol 

1st halt (9-12) 
Uazeed Arabs / 
Geo Rosener 
(One to All) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Pepito 

Waiter Hiers 
(One to All) 
K'L'M'ZOO, MICH. 
Stats 

1st half (9-12) 
Chase Boys Choir 
'Two to All) 



3d half (13-16) 
Devil's Circus 
(Two to All) 
LANSING, MKH. 
Strand 

let halt (9-12) 
Arthur Fetley Co 
Sargent ft Lewis 
4 Camerons 

2d halt (13-16) 
Chase Boys Choir 
(Two to All) 
SAGINAW, MICH. 
Temple 

Ist halt (9-12) 
3 Orrontos 
Medley ft Dupree 
Carnival of Venice 

2d halt (13-16) 
Reynolds ft White 
Frank Hamilton 
(One to All) 



Stanley-Fabian 



EUZADETH, N.J. 
Kits 

1st halt (10-12) 
Cortcllla Rev 
Casper ft O'Nell 
K Pullman ft Gang 
(Two to All) 

2d halt (13-16) 
Joe Fi'eed Co 
Chorus Ladies 
(Throe to All) 
nOBOKF.N, N. J. 
Fttblon 
1st half (10-12) 
Princess Pat 
B F ft. Mur Bros 
Emma Raymond 
Mnriy ft Nanoy 
Kitty O'Dare Girls 

2A half (13-16) 
Frank Convlile 



Pollv ft Oz 
(T hree to All) 
PATER80N, N. t. 

Regent 
' 1st half (10-12) 
Tiny Town Rev 
(Others to All) 

2d halt (13-K) 
Cnrtrllls Rev 
C.-wper ft O'Nell 
K Pollman ft (iang. 
(Two to All) . 
UNION ClTH.jt.i. 
Lincoln 

IstObolt (10-12) 
George Herman 
(Others to' All) 

2d. half (13-16) 
Emma Raymond 
Senna ft Dean 
Billy Gilbert 



Fox-Pofi 



URIDGEFORT 
Palace (3) 
Joe Fcjer's Rev 
(Two to All) 
' HARTFORD 
l^ltor (8) 
RodIO'.'. Dsccers 
Rr.'js wyse Jr Co 
(One to All) 

NEW HAVEN 
~^.-,^KSloc9_i3i 



J Waldron's W'ries 
(Two to All) 
SPRINGFIELD 
PaUce (3) 
B Hill's T'kish N'ts 
(Two to All) 
WORCESTER 

Fos 
1st half (3-5) 
Milt Douglas Orch 
(Two to All) 




tOBK 

Casanova Roof | CastlUas Royal 

5i?oV" Eddie Chester Rev 

JwilfprUdman Or 'l*' "tev." O^eb 



Cbaleaa Madrid 

Jack White 
Pat Parsley 
Jean Fayal 
Arthur Urown 
Eva B Fontame 

Ctnb Lido 
Johnne Olaire 
Bobby Birooks Oro 

Club Uonterey 
Al Davis Rev 
Louise Ayres 
Muriel Warner 
Layton & Carroll 
Jim Buckley 
June Clark Orch . 

Club Montmartra 
Ernie Co°>eman Or 
Johnson ft Murphy 

CiDb Plaita 

Don Howard 
Kay Durban 
Chas Baron 
Dick Gasparre Or 

Clab Rlchman 
Geo Olsen ft Orch 
Dan Healy 
Adia Kouznetzoff 
Elllna Nicollna 
J & M Jennings 

. Connie's Inn 
Leonard Harper Rv 
Le Roy Smith Bd 

' Cotton CInb 
Dan Healy Rev 
Berry Bros 
5 Blazers 
H ft Mil Dixon 



Josephine Hall 

LItha Hill 

Duke Ellington Or 

Dobs. 
Ernest Charles 
Iniogene Coca 
Sue Baxter 
Walt Feldkamp Or 

Jaassen's Ilofbran 
Teddy King 
Ray Covert 
Ch'rl'tto ft- P't'rson 
Tourll Tonroo 
King Stevens Orch 

Oakland's Terrace 
Will Oakland 
Buddy Kennedy 
Blanche ft Elliott 
Kay Green 
Rosalie Wynne 
Joe Stracy 
Shirley La Mont 
Ada Winston 
Peggy Bolton 
Mildred Lorraine 
Marie Titus 
Loretta Flushing 
Dorothy Cranby 
Boots Merry 
Maria Whitney 
Alice Covin 
Landau's Bd 

Foramonat Hotel 
Roy Ingrnhom Or 
Paul Kado 
Kramer 2 
Mary BIrns 
Minor ft Root 



cmcAoo 



Alabam 

Bcrnle Adier 
Dorothy Donnelly 
Kalaulula 3 
Ralph Bard 
Patsy O'Connor 
Dottle Dale 
Eddie Jackson Bd 

A mbasfUMleora 
Fred VlllanI 
Sue Walbert 
Esther Dnrnell 
Betty La ml) 
Violet Morris 
John Hurst 
Jimmy Noone Bd 

Diaclcbawh 

Buddy Fisher Bd 

Cinderella 
Henri Gendron Bd 

College Ina 
Earl Hoffman Bd 

Frolics 
Hal Nixon 
Nell Nelson 
C Van Dae 
Lee Mohon ft Flo 
Evelyn Dean 
Sonny 

Peters ft Farrell 
Sol Wagner Bd 
Golden Pumpkin 
M Sherman Bd 

Granada 
Guy Lombardo Bd 

Green MIU 
Mary Jane 
Margie & Marie 



Edith Rogers 
Edward Van Bd 
Sylv'ter & Meagher 
Kelly Stables 
Johnny Dodds Bd 

Petmshba 
Geo Stcherban Bd 

Rapluel 
Herble Zeller Bd 

Terrace Garden 
Art Kassel Dd 

Turkish Village 
lelecn Tanner 
Sarah Theobald 
Pep Hunter 
Jackie Hamlin 
Ruate Darnell 
Hall Gait 
George De Costa 
Margie Ryan 
Freddie Jariis Bd 

Uptown Village 
J Oarrigan's Bd 
Vanity Fair 
Rick ft Snyder 
Horry Glynn 
Madelon McKenzie 
GeAe Gill . 
Keltb Brecher Bd 

DcUs 
Coon-Sanders Bd 
Ganlen Allah 
Eddie Cllftord 
Jimmy Greon Bd 

Lincoln Tavern 
Ray Miller Bd 

White House 
Margaret Williams 
Helen Leon 
Joe Manonna Bd 



WASEINGION 



Aster 

Strlckrd-B'Irest Or 

Carlton 
Meyer Davis Orch 

Jordln lido 
B Dougherty Orch 
M Katka. 

Lotos 
Irv Boernstein Or 



Swanee 

Meyer Davis Orch 
Max Lowe Ent 

Venos 
Harry Brasse 
McWIlllams Orcb 

Wardmao Park 

Mas Lowe Ent 
Bam Robblns Orcb 



SOME MOTHER'S BOY 

(Continued fi'om page 26) 

er's Boy" to recommend it for any- 
thing but splitting with something 
better on double bills. Action, story 
and treatment are of the passe sort, 
minus sound. 

Similarity of title to Pathe's 
"Mother's Boy," all-talker with a 
Broadway date under its belt, may 
carry some weight here or there, 
perhaps much more than the pic- 
ture Itself. 

False impersonation is the basis 
of the story, but done as In the past 
with righteous intent.. Two youths 
are partners in thievery. They're 
clipped and one la shot. Other es- 
capes, donning his partner's iden- 
tity and deciding to see the mother 
of pard. Mother and son have been 
separated for 16 years. Goes 
straight, with help from the usual 
girl. That the real son, who is a 
bad boy, shows up, fails to ruin 
the evening. 

Complete lack of physical resem- 
blance in the two men makes the 
faker's . successful impersonation 
really amazing. It's the only food 
for thought in the picture. 

Mary Carr couldn't do a bad 
mother part if she had to. ..Jobyna 
Ralston is the girl and Jason Ro- 
bards the good boy, though doubt- 
ful that either la bragging about it. 

Bige. 

WOMAN IN WHITE 

(BRITISH MADE) 
(Silent) 

Produced by British and Dominions Film 
Corporation; distributed by World Wide. 
Produced and directed by Herbert Wilcox, 
from the story by Wllkle Collina. Scenario 
by Herbert Wlicox and Robert CuUen. 
Titles by Wllkle Collins. Photography by 
David KCASon. Starring Blanche Sweet. At 
Stanley, New York, one day. May 24. Run- 
ning lime. 70 mins, 

I.aura Falrlie Blanche Sweet 

Waiter Uartright Haddon Mason 

Morton Halcombe Louise Frusnlng 

Fliilip Fnlrlie .Jcrrold Robert Shaw 

Sir Perclval Glyde Cecil Humphries 

Count Foeco... ...Frank PcAtl 

Mmc. Fosco Mina Grey 

Mrs. Catherick , . ; Irene ' Rooke 

Anna Catherick..,. .Blanche Sweet 



It's one Of those horrifying mys- 
tery stories, fulfilling its mission in 
America with one day at the Stan- 
ley, 7th avenue grindery, at 2Bc. 
••"'"PreBunra:bly-a*heavy-8ale''0f~mys- 
tcry fiction in England at the presT 
ent time, and this figured to lilt tho 
public just about right over yonder. 
Not a chance on this side. 

Stolid, stark mystery, unrelieved 
by comedy, entertainment or lively 
action. Mostly explained in sub- 
titles. Direction awful. Backs con- 
tinually kept tg the front. 
. Lov9 interest cold. Opening of 



story slow and needlessly long. 
Story in Itself leaky and Uninterest- 
ing. 

It seems, of all things, that the 
beautiful young heiress prdinlses 
her dying father that she will mapry 
the positively impossible Sir Per- 
clval e'en though her heart has 
gone to another, 

Everyone feels the meany looking 
Sir Perclval is no good and he ful- 
fills everyone's suspicions. He locks 
his new wife in her room^ has her 
terrified by an evil companion, and 
finally has her sent to a lunatic 
asylum, all for the sake of her 
money. 

Villainy of every conceivable typo 
as if there were no law or govern- 
ment in the whole of Great Britain. 
Impossible actions are never ex- 
plained, and the mysterious is never 
enthralling when this is not done. 

Blanche Sweet doesn't behave well 
In front of the camera, hindered also 
by Wilcox's direction and old-fash- 
ioned lights and settings. 

This picture may be considered a 
representative type of current Brit- 
ish production but useless over here 
except In grind houses as a filler. 

Uori. 



PHANTOM OF NORTH 

(SILENT) 

Biltmore (independent) production and 
state rights release. Directed by Harry 
Webb. Story credited Flora Douglas. In 
cast: Edith Roberts. Donald Keith. At 
Loew'e New York, one day. May 28, half 
of double teature. Running time, 48 min- 
utes. 



"Phantom of the North" Is a 
quickie that a home movie group 
wouldn't figure good box office, even 
for their friends In the parlor. The 
dime grinds may be able to rush 
this through, but others will Und biz 
kept away If they chance it. 

A bunch of nags and dogs sup' 
posed to be wild open it along 
Pathe's "Rex" lines. Then the mare 
leading the mob romps with a hound 
and eats sugar from a dame's hand, 
dispelling any call for the wild. 

Then an asinine shooting and 
murcler charges against an Innocent 
are dragged out with no. more ef- 
fectiveness than filler in a newsreel. 



LAUGHING AT DEATH 

(SILENT) 

FBO production and release. Directed by 
Wallace Fox. Starring Bob Steele. Pho- 
tographer, Virgil Baron. Cast Includes H. 
Joyce. Hector V. Soma, Ellon Ludlow and 
Lou Schmidt. At Tlvoll, New York, one 
doy, June 1. Running time, S5 mins. 



A small time picture with only 
the Falrbankian antics of Bob ^teele 
to recommend it. One continuous 
Jaw-socking. Story lifeless. Pho- 
toBTAPhy medlQC. Setting laugh- 
able. 

Steele plays dual role, that of 
crown prince of Libania and stoker 
working for college money. Saves 
the prince from assassins, belting 
their Jaws and receiving <M>minen 
dation from the royal one, who on'a 
secret mission to United States 
notes, as does hia prime minister, 
the amazing resemblance of himself 
to young stoker. To fulfill his mis- 
sion he thinks It best to change 
places with the coal heaver, who 
agrees, but is warned hts life Is In 
danger. 



WEST COAST mm 



Title of "The Concert," Par, 
changed to "Fashions in Love." 

Jackie Coogan's first talker will 
be the picturlzation of "Courage." 
Director and studio not yet chosen. 

Wesley Ruggles will direct "The 
Very Idea," his first for Radio. 
Starts' around June 16. 

Joyce Compton added to "Salute," 
Fox. 

Jason Robards added to Paris," 
FN. 

Andre Beranger added to "Side 
Streets," Radio. 

Kay Hammond, Blanche Frederlcl, 
Edward Martlndel added to 
"Clothes," Radio. 

Barney Hutchinson added to UA 
publicity staff. 

Ullrich Haupt, Robert Prazer, An- 
ders Randolf and Landers Stevens 
added to "Frozen Justice," Fox, 

Principals for "The Sacred 
Flame," WB: Pauline Frederick, 
Conrad Nngle, Llla Lee, Walter 
Byron, William Courtney, Alec 
Francis and Dale Fuller. Archie 
Mayo directs, starting in July. 

Kay Francis added to "Illusion," 
Par. 

Emma Dunn and Andred Beran- 
ger added to "City Streets," Radio. 

Harry Sinclair Drago called back 
by MoKCot Pictures to write dialog 
for untitled wild animal serial. 

Lucy Dorraine called back by Fox 
for dialog In "Christina." 

Jimmy Anderson assistant to Mai 
St. Clair on "49th Street," Radio. 

Victor Potel added to "The Vir- 
ginian," Par. 

Gnint Withers added to "So Long 
Lctty," WB. 

Sonya Levlen to adapt "They Had 

t.n..Snfl-P.'i.rl«,;' Pnv,. ^ 

Title of "Companionate Marriage" 
changed to "Half Marriage." Pat 
Collins added, Radio. 

Botty Eronson and Joseph Caw- 
thorn in "Taming of Shrew," UA. 

Vic and Ed Halperln, Inspiration- 
al, to make eight talkers at Tec- 
Art, two to be operettas. Produc- 
tion in July, 

Frank O'Connor to produce at 



Metropolitan, first to be talker called 
"Dangerous Desires," with Jobyna 
Ralston, Leo Kelly and Charlotte 
Walker, ' 

Gary Cooper's next for Par, 
"Medals." 

Hal Roach has finished his be^ 
tweesn season group of 12 com.edles, 
started nine weeks ago. 

Wallace Smith writing originals 
for Radio for six months. 

Cast of "Street GlrV' Radio, in- 
cludes Doris Eaton, John Hnrron, 
Ned SpArks, Jack Oakie, Guy Buo- 
cola and Ivan Ledebeff. 

George B. Seitz will direct 
"Tanned lieea" for Radio. Adapta- 
tion by Tom Geraghty. 

Cast for the H. C. Witwer stories 
being made for Radio by Lari^ 
Darmour includes Alberta. Vaughan, 
Al Cooke, Iiou Sargent and George 
Gray. Al Herman directing. ' 

Shayle Gardner (English) and 
Harry Stubbs added to "Three Live 
Ghosts," UA. 

Louise Fazenda added to "No, No, 
Nanette,'" FN. 

Complete cast for "Illusion," Par; 
Charles Rogers, Nancy Carroll, June 
Collyer, Regis Toomey, Maude Gor- 
don, Kay Francis, Louise Beaver, 
Otto Lederer and Eugenia Besserer. 

Mai St. Clair to direct "Night Pa- 
rade" for Radio. Story adapted from 
"Ringside." . 

Dorothy Lee in L. A. for "Rio 
Rita." Radio. 

Henry B. Walthall added to 
"Clothes," Gloria Swanson's next 
from Edmund Gouldlng's story. 

Houston Branch has written an 
untitled operetta for Ramon Novar- 
ro and M-Q. 

Albert Gran added to "Taming of 
Shrew," UA. 

Raymond Hackett and Frederick 
March added to "Footlights and 
Fools," FN. 

Emma Dunn added to "City 
Streets," Radio. 

Llla Lee added to "The Sacred 
Flame," WB. 

Helen Ware added to "The Vir- 
ginian," Par. 

Louise Fazenda, Luclen Ltttlefleld 
added to "No, No, Nanette," FN. 

Josephine Dunn added to "A Most 
Immoral Lady," F. 

Lllyan Tashman, Mary Doran, 
Roscoe Karns 'added to "Tin Fan 
Alley." UA. 

Rita LaRoy and George Pierce 
added to "Masquerade," Fox. ^ 

Lennox Pawie added to "Married 
in Hollywood," Fox. 

Sharon Lynn added to "Sunnyalde 
Up," Pox. 

J. M. Kerrigan, Hugh Sinclair and 
Helen Chandler added tp "Th« Sky 
Hawk," Pox. 

Jack Buchanan, irom London, op- 
posite Irene Bordonl 'ln "Paris," FN. 

Beacon Productions will start Its 
Initial all-talker. "The Sentinel 
Light," Jun« 10 at the Sennett stu- 
dios.' Len De Cordova will direct 
Cast includes Mary Philbin, Edmund 
Bunie, Joseph Bennett, Russell 
Simpson, Margaret Seddoh, Carme- 
llta Geraghty and Allen ' Simpson. 
RCA sound systeni will be used. 

Jacqueline Logan, leading femme 
in Mascot's animal serial, now titled 
"King iif the Jungle." Walter Mil- 
ler, Frank Leigh and Boris KarloS 
also in cost 

Gilda Gray's flrjst picture for Radio 
will be "St. Louis Blues." ' Work 
begins the end of the month.. She 
is to make three for, this company. 

Renee Adoree opposite Nils Aether 
in "The Ordeal," M-G, 

Johnny Mack Bro'wn'and William 
Boyd in "A Most Immoral Lady," 
FN. 

Walter Lang to direct "Soul of 
the Tango" as first for Cruze Pro- 
ductions. Work begins about June 
16. 

Charles Grapewln and Anna 
Chance, featured In Christie talk- 
ing comedy, written by Grapewln, 
Neal Bums directs. 

"Flaming Daughters," first of two 
subjects in which U will co-star 
George Lewis and Barbara Kent on 
next season's program. 

"Brawn of the' Sea" and "Heart 
and Hand" U's next starring sub- 
jects for Mary Phllbln. ' 

"The Main Bout" (Al Nathan) 
changed to "Good to the Last Drop." 

Margaret Fielding added to 
'Paris," FN. 

At Telefilm studio Harry Webb 
has produced and directed "Moon- 
light Bay," tentative title, seven- 
reel talker, as first of series of four. 
In cast are Wallace . McDonald, 
Shirley Mason, W. V. Mong. Tom 
O'Brien and Harry Steers. Dis- 
tributing. state right. At same, stu- 
dio William Patton has prodiiiied his 
first tworreel talker western. . Leon. 
De La Mothe directing. In cast, with 
Patton, Bill Bdlley, Barney Sherry, 
Blllle Locke and Eddie Cobb. Leo 
Maloney is preparing to make two 
feature talkers on this lot, also Doii 
Julio has made "Whoopee Justice" 
and "Some Night," first of series o£^- 
26 one-reelers. ^ 

.A lO-cplsode dialog serial will be 
mode by U from "Jad* Box," origi- 
nal by Fred Jackson. 

Margaret Wycherly on from New 
■york for original part In "The 13th 
Chair." Tod Browning directing for 
M-G. 

Kay Johnson, under , term optional 
contr act t o M-G. 

George Faw^t7*acraeaTo**'T^m'=~"' 
ing of .Shrew," UA, 

Leon Garfield, former Stanford 
athlete, added to "For Two Cents," 
Pathc, 

Enio Ellsler, added to "Woman 
Trap," Par. 

Hoot Gibson expects to start on 
his first talking western about July 
1 for U. 



43 



VARIETY 



B U R L E S Q U E 



Wednesday, June 5, 192B 



News From the Dailies 

This department contains rewritten theatrical newf items aa pub- 
lished during the week in the daily papers of New Tfork, Chicago, 
San Francisco, Los Angeles and London. Variety takes no credit 
for these news items; each has been rewritten from a daily paper. 



LONDON 



Meeting of the creditors of the 
Cafe Royal In Ttegent street, 
founded 66 years ago by a Bur- 
gundlan peasant and his wife with 
a bankroll of }26, borrowed money. 
Grew to a fashionable restaurant. 



still missing. Plates for making $10 
bills were found in the possession 
of tlie couple. 



Dorothy Glsh will make her first 
London appearance at the Arts The- 
atre Club July 8 In "Toung Iiove" 
with Terence de Marnay. Play is 
unlikely to have a public showing — 
banned by the censor for this side. 



Despite the high press commen- 
dation of the acting of Sybil Thorn - 
dike and Lewis Casson, Clemence 
Dane's "Mariners" withdrawn May 
25 after four weeks. 



After abandoning divorce pro- 
ceedings commenced In the Scottish 
courts last year, Lily Elsie, musical 
comedy star, who staged a come- 
back recently after 20 years' ab- 
sence from stage, has filed another 
petition in London against her hus- 
band. Major Ian BuUough, Case will 
be undefended. 



When "The Infinite Shoeblack" 
transfers to the Globe from Cbmiedy, 
it will be succeeded by "The Devil 
In the Cheese" (originally done in 
New York), presented by Archi- 
bald 'Nettlefold June 4. Cast Includes 
Sydney Fairbrother, Malsle Darrell, 
Dennis Hoey, Eliot Makeham, Wl- 
fred Shine, Bramwell Fletcher. 



NEW YORK 



Frank W. Healy, concert, manager, 
^^.was arrested In a $10,(niO ' suit 
'^^rought by Sandro BeneUl in behalf 
of the Florentine Choir an* released 
In bond of $1,000 in Supreme Court. 
Plaintiff alleges Healy contracted in 
192f fo manage the American tour 
of the choir and that he withheld 
the sum sued for,' which Included 
royalties . from phonograph records. 

Although Detective William 
O'Connor of Deputy. Chief Inspector 
Solan's stall produced a ra'.' p. 
camera and several films said to be 
obscene, 67 men arrested at a par'^y 
held at 82 West 38th street, were 
discharged by Magistrate John 'V. 
Flood in Jellerson Market Court. 
O'Connor was unable to Identify the 
men, 

"Black Crook," at the Lyric, Ho- 
boken, closed Saturday after 12 
weeks. 



Fermin Dantes, Filipino and for- 
mer navy steward, was awarded 
$600 damages by a Bronx jury tot 

slap in the face administered by 
Margaret Brundage, usher In Loew's 
State. The altercation arose when 
Miss Brundage ordered Dantes to 
change his seat. The latter sued the 
Loew Realty Company for $30,000. 



Talker and sound films - of Irish 
life are now being made in Ireland 
by Irish companies. 



Nearly $60,000,000, it is esti- 
mated, will be bet on the English 
Derby, \which Is run at Epsom 
Downs today (Wednesday). Stock 
Exchange pool closed at $6,000,000, 
and the Calcutta Sweepstake will 
reach nearly $10,000,000. 



An organization to be known as 
the Actors' Fund Matinee Club Is 
being formed by Daniel Frohman. 
The puri^ose will be to direct activi- 
ties of special matinees to be given 
for the Actors' Fund. 



he was forced to ring down the 
curtain and cancel her from show. 
Result was that show closed a few 
days later With the producer out In 
cosh,' he asserts, 

Blllle Bruce, dancer, asked $29,000 
damages for Injuries osserted re- 
ceived while riding . in. the car of 
Charles Eldred as, ioi guest. She 
claims injuries prevent her follow- 
ing her career. Court took case un- 
der advlsemont. 



Engagement of Ada Williams, 
screen actress, to WilHani Incn, son 
of late producer, Thomas Ince, an- 
nounced. Wedding .date not set. 

Aubrey Kennedy, scenario writer, 
pleaded guilty to charges of assault 
and battery before Municipal Court 
Judge Bo3ue when he appeared to 
answer charges of striking Mrs. E. 
A. Plummer April 7. Judgment de- 
ferred pending probation, hearing. 

That Gloria Swanson owes the 
Government $24,880.82 is asserted in 
threa Income tax Hens flled in U. S. 
District Court. Miss Swanson Is 
charged with owing around $26,000 
for the years '24 to '26. 



Ruth Linder, flve-yoar-old dancer, 
was saved by White Eagle, screen 
actor, when the child's horse bolted. 



H. W. Chotlner, 'opei-ator of the 
Chotlner houses, denied he is build- 
ing a theatre oh Wilshire Boulevard. 



A parachute jumper with an avia- 
tion circus, playing Milllngton, N. J., 
landed in a tree on the farm of 
William E. Francks, The farmer had 
the jumper and the two men who 
went to his assistance arrested tor 
trespassing. 



Mrs. ' Marie Dwan, wife - of Allan 
Dwan, narrowly escaped death when 
her roadster skidded from Palisades 
Beach road Into a water' hydrant 
and then caromed into a high ten- 
sion- power line pole knooklng' It 
down. Wires shorted In the water 
and made display of fireworks with- 
in Inches of the car. Mrs. Dwtin was 
removed to Santa Monica Hospital. 
She sustained only slight Injurieis. 



With the election of Agnes Rob- 
inson as treasurer, the recently 
formed Society of American Opera 
Artists, have decided to admit 
women to membership. 



' Mrs. George Webster, Jr., profes- 
sionally Nina Lewis, has started 
legal action against her husband, 
stfclally prominent In Boston, for 
separate maintenance. 



Ruth Santell flled suit for di- 
vorce from Al Santell, screen aotor. 
In Superior Court charging him with 
cruelty. She asks half of $200,000 
In community property, $1,000 a 
month alimony and $6,000 attor- 
ney's tees. 

Roslne Kerry flled suit In -Superior 
Court asking divorce from Norman 
Kerry, charging him with cruelty. 



A double divorce action has been 
started- in Supreme Court, White 
Plains, N. Y,, -In which Lawrence 
Abbott, saxophone soloist, charges 
his wife with many acta' bt mlscon-- 
duct. Mrs. Ethel Abbott,^ applying 
tor $1,000 counsel fees, in her coun- 
ter claims, names several coresi)on- 
dents. 



Dorothy Teter (Dorothy Davis), 
flled suit tor divorce In Superior 
Court from Hushel Teter, charging 
cruelty and nonsupport. 



Notices of infringement of patent 
rights have been served by the Kol- 
ster Radio Corp. on 19 competing 
manufacturers. Alleged violation of 
tour patents owned by the Kolster 
Co. la alleged.- 



The right o< Edward O. Robinson 
to star In "Kibitzer" was sustained 
by arbitration. Robinson's com- 
plaint was that Patterson HcNutt 
wanted to supplant him, despite a 
run-of-the-play contract. 



Warners have 
play, "The Sap." 



William Grew's 



his 



Arturo Toscanlnl announces 
retirement from operatic stage. 



Mrs. Josle Copeland, Baldwin, L. 
I„ formerly In vaudeville, and sister 
of Fat Rooney, received a verdict 
of $36,000 from a jury In a suit 
brought against her mother-in-law, 
Mrs. Jane Scott Anderson for the 
alienation of affections of her hus 
band, Walter Copeland. Action un 
defended. 



At the annual meeting of Actors' 
Fidelity League, George M. Cohan 
elected president, Mrs. Minnie Mad 
dern Fiske, flrst vice-president; Ed 
ward J. MacKay, treasurer; Howard 
Kyle, secretary. 



Jacques Bustanoby pleaded guilty 
before Federal Judge Francis G. 
Caffey, to charges of maintaining a 
nuisance and possessing liquor in 
his suite in the Hotel Marie Antoln 
ette. He was flned $500 and sen 
tenced to serve 30 days In jail on- the 
nuisance charge. Fine and jail sen 
tence suspended. For possessing 
liquor he was flned $100 and paid. 

Hope Hampton Productions has 
purchased the plot (75x100) on east 
side ot Crescent street near Wilbur 
avenue, Long Island City. 



Arch Selwyn' has returhed from 
England. 



James Young sued Welford Bea- 
ton, Hollywood publisher, to recover 
antiques, value of which Is In quesr 
tlon. Said to be worth between $2,- 
000 and $6;000. 

Income- tax Hen for $14,419 filed 
against estate of late Larry Semon. 
Amount said to be due on tax oT 
1922, 



The Treasury Dept has Issued 
new regulations placing rigid re 
stHctlons on the Issuance of orders 
for the expediting of baggage 
through customs at New\York and 
ether ports. According to Washing- 
ton officials the "expedite orders" 
have been abused. 



A new play, "The Coward," by H, 
K. Lenormand, French dramatist, 
has been purchased by the Theatre 
Guild. 



Lucy Clerce, of LaFaber and 
Cierce, acrobats, suffered Injuries 
from which she is' expected to die, 
at Olympic Park, Newark, Saturday, 
when she fell from a bar as she was 
preparing to complete ' an • aerial 
stunt. 



John Zanft Is a director and S. L. 
Rothafel on the Advisory Board of 
the Broadway National Bank and 
Trust Co., which opens for business 
June 18. 



Charges of assault brought by 
Sarah Allen, actress, 243 West End 
avenue, against Moe C. Herman, 
stockbroker. Park. Crescent Hotel, 
were dismissed In West Side Court 
by Magistrate Henry M, R: Good 
man. Miss Allen testified Herman 
had struck her after she had. had 
dinner in his apartment. Herman 
denied the assault and said she had 
dome to his apartment In an Intoxl 
cated condition. 



Henry Brady will offer for sale 
by Sheriffs order, the People's The- 
atre, at Bowery and Dolancey street, 
June 26. 



At the annual meeting, of the 
Managers' Protective Asso., held 
Monday, Arthur Hammerstein was 
re-elected president, Crosby Galge, 
vlce-pres., and L. Lawrence Weber, 
sec-treas. 



"Prison," play by B. Harrison Or- 
kdw, has been accepted for produc- 
tion next season by David Belasco.. 

Hazel Dalestro, night club enter- 
tainer, has been placed under.arrest 
on a chargfe of countetreitlng 
brought against her and . her - hus- 
band. Dido Dalestro, In Utica a 
month ago. Both are under indict- 
ment Followlner their arrest In 
Utlca,.they were released in ball nnd 
.^th disappeared. The husband is 



"LOS "ANGELES^ 



Sally La Forma, said to be an 
actress, made unsucces.'sful attempt 
at suicide following a quarrel with 
fiance. 



Hunter Kcasy, producer, flled suit 
in Superior Court asking $50,000 
damages, from Wanda Hawley, 
Kcasey asserts the actress became 
so intoxicnted durlnp; a perCovm.nhce 
of "IHegitimate" at the Egnn that 



MutuaTs Qnestioiinaire Demands 




MntDd Figaring on 
51 Houses Next Season 



Mutual Burlesque circuit next 
season will comprise 61 theatres, the 
largest number yet operated by the 
I. H. Herk crowd. Those may cause 
the regular season to lap over Into 
the next. Though the entire route 
has not been fully set there -will be 
some new additions which will In- 
clude the Casino, Boston; Gayety, 
Omaha; Park, Bridgeport. - as well 
as theatres In '<3ary, South Bend, 
Fort Wayne, all In Indiana; St 
Paul and Minneapolis. 

Despite the Are in Wilkes-Barre 
the Mutual expects to go In that 
town next season.. 

Future ot the Victoria, Rochester, 
is problematical. 

Chicago and Brooklyn remain un- 
changed. 

In New York the Columbia Is 
doubtful but the MInsky 126th 
Street Ajrallp and Irving Place the- 
atre ar^ set 

Vacont Franehises 

.All of the Mutual show franchises 
expired last qeason. -An exceiition 
or two, Nothiitg definite regarding 
the shows operated by franchlsies 
g^nted' Sant Morris and Joe Perry 
who died during the past sestson. 
Morris had "Step Along," and Perry. 
'French Models." > These shows ran 
out the season With the tamlU'es Of 
the two producers sharing the re- 
turns. As the francbises expire 
other producers are expected -to-te"^ 
place with new shows. 

AU the franchise holders, house 
owners, directors and stockholders 
of the Mutual association wlU meet 
in New York early this month. 

Ot the new shows now certain 
three will be sent but headed by 
Harry Steppe, Slldlng.BlUy Watson 
iand Lola Pierce. Several others are 
being considered. 

As to the anticipated tilt on the 
guarantee for the Mutuals it Is rea- 
sonably certain the total will' be 
$1,800. 



Noren-Wuster Furniture Co. filed 
suit against. George K. Arthur ti 
collect $33 on overdue bill. 



Carmel Myers and Ralph Blum, 
attorney, made application for li- 
cense to marry. Date ot wedding 
June 9. 

Estelle Taylor Dempsey expects 
her husband home this week. She 
istin denies current divorce rumor. 



Dr. Joseph GInsburg filed answer 
denying he Injured nose of Nadlna 
Smith, screen actress, suing tor 
$26,000 damages. Claim Is that re- 
cent operation spoiled her appear- 
ance for pictures. 



CHICAGO 



Josephine Goral, show girl. Injured 
young twin sons of a Chicago broker 
when her car ran them down. She 
was released on $6,000 bond. 



Na-vy Pier Ballroom Is operated 
this year by the Chicago Federation 
of Labor. 



Heat Wallops Stocks 



When hot weather hits New York 
and vlciiilty stock burlesques go. 
The heat wave closed the Jamaica 
stock Saturday. The mats had been 
Oft; but when the nights dudded the 
notice Went up. 

Biz flopped plenty at the Colum- 
bia, N. Yi, chalking the flrst losing 
week ot the stock season. One 
week's notice went up -with Walter 
Reade planning to make alterations 
for a tew weeks before a new policy 
Is determined. The house has been 
wired. 

Both the Columbia and Jamaica 
-SlQ.cks^jwgre ^formed junder _ Mutual 
supervision^ wltlT EmrnetrcaflaKaiT 
and Rube Bernstein supervising. 



Burlesque Club's Election 

Slate of officers tor the Burlesque 
Club election June 13 at 8 p. m. had 
as the only change a new board ot 
governors.' 
' New governors Will be James 
Brennan, Fred Sears, Mark Nelson 
James Coughlan, Meyer Harris. 



Dane's liberty Stock- s 
5th Year-T|500,000 Net 



St Louis,: June 4. 
Oscar Dane's Liberty musical 
stock is In Its 6th consecutive sea- 
son. In that time the theatre, show 
and house pooled, has netted Dane 
$600,000. 

Business has been steady at all 
times, Dane estimates that besides 
not having lost regular patrons 
other than by natural causes, the 
Liberty has widens its circle until 
It has a drawing clientele ensuring 
it permanent support 

"Though a showman tor 80 years 
or more," said Dane the other day, 
"don't give credit tor this show to 
showmanship or myself. It's some- 
thing we happened to hit upon that 
the peiople like. We make no claims 
for It 

"Still why Is It necessary to be a 
showman when you can do this and 
make money as we have?" 

Mr. Dane doesn't seem to alto- 
gether subscribe, to the usual belief 
that If a commercial theatre makes 
money there must be showmianship 
behind Its direction, Irregardless ot 
policy. 



WOODS-UABHK ON COAST 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Joe Woods, termer vaudeville 
producer, and Wash Martin, bur- 
les^ue manager, motored hero from 
New York with Joe Emerson, ter- 
mer burlesque comedian. 

Woods and Martin will probably 
break into the picture game. 

Mutual litT^amaicaT""'"" 
The tuture of the Mutual (fbr- 
merly the Shubert) theatre ;at 
Jamaica, L. I., which Hurtig & Sea- 
mori built prior to their dissolution, 
win be determined June 17 when 
the mortgage toreclosiffe proceed 
Ings will be held. 

The house has been playing Mu 
tual burlesque shows. It recently 
tried stock under a Mutual plan. 



Following his professed Intention 
to dominate all shows on- the 
Mutual burlesque wheel for the 
coming season, I. H, Herk, head of 
the circuit has Issued a question* 
naire applying Mutual producers are 
required to flll out 

At the end of the past season all 
Mutual show tranchises expired. 
This affords a leeway, claims Herk, 
to oblige Information from the pro« 
ducers, old and new, requesting new 
Mutual franchises he was not In a 
position previously to enforce. 

Herk states he will Issue a series 
ot Instructions to Mutual producers 
before the. regular- buile^que season 
opens, demanding that the . Mutual 
show& be framed' 'Ond played as par 
those orders. In this way, Herk 
states, he hopes to present the usual 
line up ot Mutual -burlesques -in. the 
shape the home office dictates, with 
much of the authority previously 
assumed by Mutual producers and 
actors In performance curbed. 
Herk Responaible 
The two questions concerning 
principals and scripts .with descrlpr 
tlons cover the entire gamut of a 
burlesque performance. They should 
tell e-veryttilng .to Herk, It the pro,> 
ducers answer them tuliy, wltli 
Herk knowing all. ot the rest In-' 
eluding the ablUty ot the principals, 
the In betweens and held out stuff. 

In issuing the questionnaire and 
making the statements regarding 
the new season tor Mutual Bur« 
lesque, Herk assumes all ot the re- 
sponsibility tor the shows on the 
Mutual wheel. 
This Is the qluestlonnalre In full: ' 
■ ': >.■ ;N«w .Vorki' June 3.^ 
.,; .^-.^Bef&rff; iytuinii you «' Fran- 
'-'^'mnmTior^iiH* coming theatrical 
•eMorir:~.i1«ifl ; fdllowlnB . informa- 
tion muM be aubmittMi . . and 
apprevad by the undersighed; 

Name: and qualifieatlont of 
propoMd manager. < 

Cast, not less than nine prin* 
clpals, unless okayed by me. 

Soripta, giving fair ' deserip> - 
tion of bita and -buaineaa. 

Number and condition of lob' 
by frames and where they oan 
be seen. 

Where rehearsals will be held. 
You will obtain costumes from 

. • 

Soenery will be furnished by , 

Producer* Meet 

At the producers' meeting Monda7 
In the Mutual, N. Y., offices, 16 Mu^ 
tual shows were represented as toI« 
lows: Bam Raymond, Ed Sullivan, 
Harold Raymond, Jake Potar, Henry 
Dixon, Al Singer, Max Michaels, Joe 
Catalano ' (three tranchises), Joe . 
Hurtig (four tranchises) and JjW 
Reals. Only the. matter ot guaranty 
Increase and next season tranchise 
working conditions were gone over 
at this session. 

Another period ot a similar nature 
was held yesterday (Tuesday), at* 
tended by Emmett Callahan, Rube 
Bernstein, Lew Talbot, Ed Ryan, 
Jack Reld, Michaels and Bentley, 
Fred Block and J. G. Jermon (two 
franchises.) 

The out-of-town Mutual tranchise 
holders will go through their ques- 
tionnaire session with Herk later 
when the Anitual holds its general 
meeting. 

The new tranchises slated to go 
to Harry Steppe, Charles Burns and 
Max Cohen (Cohen & Guttm'an)^ 
Philadelphia, will be taken up at 
the general meeting. 



Chi Burlesque House Dark 
For Cash from Competitof' 



Chicago, June 4. 
Haymarket theatre, one ' of tW 
oldest burlesque houses In town, has 
closed for the summer for the flrat 
time. 

-Ji^lfU-UJi^erstood that Warren 
Irons, bVner,'made~a*dSI^ 
ney Anschell ot the Star and Gar- 
ter whereby the latter Is paying 
irons $1,000 a week to remain 
closed. 

Star and Garter, also burlesque, 
Is directly across the street from 
the Haymarket, Anschell figured 
competition' would be too tryine 
during the summer and decided the 
payoff was worth It 



Wednesday^ Jtme ; 6. . 1920 



TIMES SQ U ARE 



VARIETY 



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Stories by Jack Conway 



From 1920, onward, Jack ConWay wrote • aeries of stories appearing 
In Variety. Mostly the storlea dealt with bas 
elayers and pngs. This series is reprinted weekly. 
In Variety, October 29, 1920, 



eait with baseball and prize fights, 

J...:.!-!., stppy betow appetired 



son COIN' FOR CON'S 
PETS IN EASTON, Pi 

Society Dames Fail Hard for 
the Back-to-Nature Capers 



. E:aeton, Pa., Oct 25. 

X)ear Cblck: . 

'."We're playln' the local skib bere 

anil Incidentally we discovered a 

n<iw graft After the Monday mat- 
inee' a flock of middle aged dames 

tilasted'ba6k' 6taee and asked Cu'th- 

tertlf he would 

caie' to' dakice' 

for th'e K'nlck- 

ettwcker Uplift 

"S6clety,fe6theV- 

wjgris all dSeiS ' 

Jjf"lht6re8ted In ' 

Vie ' clafisl(iali 

reiiertolrk 
I told Aim to ' 

^•ab ^1 that 

kind of Jack 

there was • 

^atln'- around, . 
. so,hlm and AI- 

gy put It , on 
' good ■ ; for the 

natWeSt; 'They 

piulled t b e 

danoe. ati-a . 

la'Wrt party 




CON 



^that was . given at the home of Mrs. 
*J(ld^6way Pancroft Jones, one of 
the.;town's most'.stllted and wealthy 
dajmes.';|Chl9,,dld. girl baa so niuch 
scratch, she's all worn out 'with 
tryln' to think up ways to spend It. 

After a lot of long-haired yeggs 
had pulled speeches about every- 
thing from free love to the evolu- 
tion of a flea. my. meat hounds got 
It and for the n^ fifteen minutes 
the Joint , was all clogged up with 
leapin' faw/is'and streamin'. stream- 
ers. 

Cuthbert signed contracts to make 
enough lamp shades to keep him 
around the gong for the next- six 
months and: Algy : was . also a riot. 
The. girls . 'went nuta xtver.the pair 
of them and. to d.ate. we have a per- 
fect average as. far as the feed. bag 
Is concerned, . being invited out to 
dinner at one of them big time 
etables every night. 

T^p'maiiager oi the theatre was 
tlokled slliy, for tbe society bought 
out the house for the balance of the 
we^, ahd'#e' refused to glv^ them 
other hanibos on the bill a rumble. 
'There'« a'diibk tnind reader play- 
ln', here with us. and he wanted me 
to make a 'fatgh pitch for him with 
the Jones dame so's he could cut 
himself in 'for some of that soft 
coin. If there 'was a flood tonight 
that destroyed every N. V. A. In the 
country this bird would still have 
tough :goln'' to get three, days' con- 
secutive bookip'. I told him to tell 
me where he was goln' the last half 
If he was a mind reader, and he 
hasn't spoken to me since. 

T wish you would call up May and 
ask her what she means by wlrln' 
me that she Is goln' to Europe, 
Every time that Jane gets sore at 
n»e she threatens to go to Asia or 
one of them suburbs. She bas cov- 
ered more territory that way than 
the League of Nations. 

Will you shoot me along them 
dice of mltie that you have, for 1 
want to take this wise crackln* mind 
reader. He tried to soft roll me the 
other evenin' on a blanket, but I 
could see him put on the combos 
fi;oni the other side of the room and 
1 told him J come from, the i»?lgh- 
berhood where they Invented, the 
spots for the boundln' bones. 

If he gets acquainted with them 
quicksilver sisters that .you are 
mindin' for me it will cost him more 
dough a look than it would to see 
".Mary," . . , 

lipn't forget,, and if you can And 
time to run up ■ here you can get 
yourself even. 



Tour old pal. 



Con. 



S.— I just saw Tom McGulre in 
a picture and he looked great. Just 
*^J!3**"''i£&-^i!l£PJ'* "Sfed to "bor- 
row tlie pencil" on'tlTe'racVlracE:'' ~ 



Mine«la's Dog Races 
Grayhound racing at the Mlneola, 
J-'- I., Fair Grounds, started • May 
29. It Is being operated under the 
auspices of the Nassau Kennel 
Club. Seven races nightly except 
Sundays. 



"SHAKERS" CAUGHT 



Pseudo F'e'^deral Agents Went 
Against New York Attorney 

Hugh Wills, 36, salesman, 1605 
Nelson avenue, the Bronx, and 
Charles 'Herman, 33, 621 West 171st 
street, were arraigned In West Side 
Court before , Magistrate Henry 
Goodman on the ciiarge of extortion. 
Both pleaded not guilty. Waived 
examination and held without ball 
for the action of thb grand jury. 
. Detectives James (Spider)' Hen- 
nessy and James Walsh o£ West 
lOQth street arrested the pair in the 
home oiC Howiard B. Alexander, at- 
torney, of 660 West Knd avenue. 
They came to "shake" Alexander 
(or $200, the detectives charge. 
' The defendants had visited Alex- 
ander's hohie several times, stating 
they were federal ofBcera.' They 
threatened to arrest the' attorney 
for selling liquor if he didn't "come 
through/' 

Alexander notified Hennessy and 
Walsh who hid in a closet. When 
the marked money passed- the de- 
fendants were arrested. They had 
no badfees. Both were freed recently 
on a similar, charge. . 



Pieters; Massiige Teacher, 
Beats Policewoman's Rap 



It was lucky for Adam Peters, 
masseur, that he wore an abbre- 
viated undershirt or his capture 
would baye resulted much sooner 
by Mrs; Elizabeth Burke, police- 
woman, attached to the 19th .Divi- 
sion, Peters, 62, lives at 63 River- 
side drive. 

He was arrested In his basement 
apartment by Mrs, Burke on the 
charge of disorderly conduct. In 
her efCorts to capture Peters, short 
and agile, tl^e latter sttimbled over 
a chair and his- left optic collided 
with the floor. It was then Mrs. 
Burke placed him under arrest. 

The petite masseur was arraigned 
in. West Side Court before Magis- 
trate Henry Goodman and . dis- 
charged for lack of evidence. Mrs. 
Burke told newspapermen that the 
police.,, department . had received 
many complaints abo'ut his actions. 

In court w^e several women .who 
had been inMdted-, tliey aiid. Also 
a representative of the New Tork 
Times' business department. 

According to Mrs. Burke, Petelrs 
would advertise in the Times, stat- 
ing he. had a job for women who 
wanted to become masseurs. One 
went to police headquarters and 
complained. - . 

Mrs. fiurke arrived at Peters' 
Home. Outside were detective ser- 
geants Diwer and O'Connor. Peters 
began to show her how to place a 
cover on a bed. He excused him- 
self, she -averred, and soon reap- 
peared with his aibbrevlated under- 
shirt, she said.' 

"He jumped on the bed like a 
monkey and told me to massage 
him. I displayed my police badge 
and he hopped oK the bed quicker 
than a monkey. Then b6gan the 
fun. He ran under everything 
where he could bide. 

"I couldn't grab lilm because he 
was like an eel. Filially he fell over 
the chair and I seized him. He be- 
gan to struggle and Diwer and 
O'Connor silenced him,'' 

Peters denied the charge. 



"Tonics," 22% Alcohol, 
97c a Quart in L. A. 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Jones Law- has not affected price 
of booze oh the coast. Current prices 
not tilted for general run of stuff. 
Quotations are: Scotch, $66 a case; 
Bourbon, $75 a case; din, $26 a 
case; Port and Sherry, $9 a gallon; 
Chnmpngne, $90 case; Absinthe, 
$150 a case. 

>~:Fon — ~giiarantced™-uatftj(ni!firM'!, 
stuff prices are: Scotch, $86 case; 
Bourbon, $110 case; Gin, $35 case; 
Champagne, $120 case. 

Wine tonics having, a big sale 
with cut-rate di-ug.stores running a 
price war on them. Current price 
for the best wlne-tonlcs averaging 
about 22. per cent, alcohol, is 97 
cents a quart 



SOMEWHAT TAHOIEB! 

A chop suey joint In the 
Brownsville section of Brooke 
lyn t^Bs inBtalled a Hebe ni. c. 
and a dairy menu. 

The m. c's routine is Tid- 
dlsh. 

On the bill of fare, along 
with chow mein and fop yung, 
one will find bllntzes, kreplacb 
and kasha %'arnlshkas, served 
by Chinese waiters. 



Friars Gob Gagging 
Over Baseball Game 



Big doings are expected at the 
Yankee Stadium June 17, starting 
at nine a. m., when the Friars meet 
the baseball writers of the New 
York dailies In what Is expected to 
be a ball game. There will be no 
problem over the fact that many of 
the scribes are also Friars. The 
experts must stick to their own 
team. 

Bugs Baer taking a neutral stand 
framed the . registry sign at the 
Friars for: candidates.' it says: 

"No passes, N. V. A. cards will be 
respected but not honored. Coaches 
must be wired for sound. Cos, 
tumes will be from Guttenberg's 
best barrel. Suggestions are re; 
quested as we aref trying to hold, the 
team down to six managers and 
nine captains." 

In registering for the team appli- 
cants are asked to supply informa- 
tion as to age, color, position and 
so forth. Ages noted ttays far vary-, 
ing from two to 60 years, 'with Bert 
Hanlon rating himself aa draft age. 
In the color column are notations: 
"Pink, yeUow, UtUe pale, black, 
magenta, fish and not so good." 1 . 
the married or what column there 
is: "And how," "Yah," "Have 
bothered two," "Just a Mormon." 
Cracka 

There is a column Indicating the 
position to be played. Here are 
some cracks: ' "Next to closing," 
"left base," "none at present," 
"ridiculous," "open" and "mascot" 
As for salary: "None," "million," 
$62.60." "secret" . In the colufnn 
marked Other Teams: "Park and 
Tllford," "Tisliman'B Midguts," 
'Singer's Midgets," "Jans and 
Whalen," "Cherry Sisters," "KJCJC." 

The baseball experts to attend 
and for whom the press box is ex- 
clusively reserved are : Miller Hug- 
gins, Ray Schalk, Travis Jackson, 
John McGraw, Lou Gehrig, Dazzy 
'Vance, Babe Rutb,' WUbert Robin- 
son and Louie Mann, The- writers 
will be headed by Christy Walsh, 
chairman for the Baseball Writers' 
Aesociaitlon ' of America. Friars will- 
naine their Idader when they take 
to the field. 



Two Pals for 15 Yesurs 
Basted Up by POB. R. 



Frank Cant well, stockbroker, liv- 
ing at the Claridge Hotel, withdrew 
charges of grand larceny against 
his chum, Richard Goodwin, sales- 
man, 31, of 173 Hicks street Brook- 
lyn. Goodman was arrested by De- 
tective Jimmy Donnelly of the West 
47th street station. 

Cantwell contplalned to . Donnelly 
he and Goodwin' bad been out joy- 
ing. They had visited every whls- 
perlows in the sector near the 
Claridge. . The night aged and 
Goodwin decided to sleep, at Cant- 
well's room. 

In the morning Cantweli said his 
chum was gone. "Cantweli searched 
his Jeans and found the residue of 
his' bankroll— $600— also gone. He 
suspected his pal of 16 years. 

Goodwin denied the theft and 
Cantweli withdrew the charge be- 
fore Magistrate Henry M.. R, Good- 
man In West Side Court, 



Kane, Held as Fugitive, 
Says Someone Used Name 

Edward Kane, 36, 603 Bushwick 
avenue, Brooklyn, actor (vaude), 
was held in $1,000 ball on a charge 
of being a fugitive from New Ha- 
ven, Conn., when before Magistrate 
Simpson in West Side court. 
_J£anfi;^jEa3.^flrreate(X.^by.,p^.tec.tIve; 
Kennedy, West 47th'' street statTon, 
at Broadway and 47th street. A 
wire from New Haven said Kane 
Was wanted for passing a worthless 
check. Kane denied emphatically 
he was implicated and said some- 
one else was using- his name. - 

He will be held to await extradi- 
tion papers from Connectciut 



Garden's Grind Hoofers Rest Hieir 
Hoofs After 534 Hq^^^^^ 



'CELLIST ENDS IT ALL 



Igor Sokeloff Takes Gas at 35 — 
Parted From Wife 



Heartbroken because he was liv- 
ing apart from his wife, Igor Soko- 
loff, 36, 'cellist in the Capitol theatre 
orctiestra and residing at 60 West 63d 
street ended his life by Inhaling gas 
in his room. Sokoloil occupied the 
room with two fellow musicians of 
the Capitol. 

The tragedy was discovered by 
the housekeeper, Carolyn Ray. She 
notified Patrolman Tim Husslan. 
They entered the room and found 
the 'cellist on the fioor alongside a 
gas heater. A tube was attached to 
the heater and the other end of 
the tube was in SokololT's mouth. 

The musician ' left a note to the 
housekeeper asking forgiveness aiid 
directing that his body be cremated. 
He also expressed love for bis wife, 
from whom he was living apart, the 
police said. 

Sokploff Is a brother of Ntcolal 
SokoIofF, conductor of the Philadel- 
phia Phllharmonio Society, his 
friends stated. The 'cellist had had 
on extensive European musical 
training. 

About 10 years ago he married 
Madeline McQueegon, noted vio 
liniste. They lived happily for some 
years when trouble arose over In- 
compatibility, friends aver. They 
had no children. 'Sokoloff's parents 
are dead. 



Alleged Cop Shooter 
Found With Three Gnos 



Raymond Williams, 24, 10 West 
98th street, an escaped criminal 
with a long record, was held wltb- 
out bail for the Grand Jury when 
he was arraigned before Magistrate 
George W. Simpson In West Side 
Court on charges of violating the 
Sullivan law and robbery. 

Williams Is accused of shooting 
Policeman Peter Bm*ns, of the Hack 
Squad, In "Uncle Joe" Gallagher's 
speakeasy at 49 West 48th street. 
May 9. After shooting tbe ceip 
Williams is alleged to have stolen 
his revolver, ehield and $12 In cash. 

About 7 a. m. on May 9 Williams, 
accompanied by another man and 
and a woman, entered tbe place and 
ordered drinks. A moment later 
the two men drew guns and forced 
everybody against the wall. ' They 
then proceeded to frisk them. Wil- 
liams went behind the bar and 
emptied the register. 

As they were about to back out 
Bums happened along. Believing it 
was a prohibition raid he started 
to draw his shield when Williams 
wheeled around and thot him In the 
stomach. The trio then escaped. 

Detectives Wineberry and Opper- 
man. West 20t& street station, re- 
ceived a tip Williams was one of 
the men and traced him to the 98Ui 
street house. 

The detectives surprised him in 
bed and found three fully loaded 
guns In the place. Williams sur- 
rendered when he saw the detec- 
tives with their guns leveled at hini. 
In tbe apartment alsiTwere Frank 
Young, 30, and his wife, Lucille, 
27, They were arrested on charges 
of violating the Sullivan law. 

The police said they did not be- 
lieve Young or his wife knew any- 
thing about the holdup or shooting. 



Post-Dated Rubber Checks 
For Girls in Cabaret 

A half-dozen chorus girls and 
night club entertainers appeared In 
the Tombs Court before Magistrate 
McKlnery as witnesses against Sol 
Bernstein, manager and owner of 
the Moonliglit Grill, 166 Eldrldge 
street. They charged him in a 
summons with having given rubber 
checks in payment for their work 
In the cabaret After leamlngr the 
checks were post-dated, the Magls- 
^TatmiBmiaBBa■tlw^Sli^B^ndvisJng^t 
was a civil case. 

Among the girls were Ircno Nadel, 
Laura Rick, Helen Johnson and 
June Lament One of the glrlij 
wept in court as she told of having 
her trunk held by a hotel after the 
check she presented to the manager 
bounced back. 



Milton Crandall's Eternity Hop, 
the nearest science has ever got to 
perpetual motion, pulled up footsore 
and weary Monday moi-nlng at 3 
a. m., six couples having remained 
on tlieir blistered arches 634 hours, 
one minute arid 3^ seconds, accord- 
Ing to stop 'watch figures. 

This derby, as may be reported in 
the American Medical Journal or 
Mercury, went 63 hours and 1%, 
minutes longer than the last Madi- 
son Square Garden grind. 

Crandall leaped out of first peren- 
nial waltz with $60,000 profit, ac- 
cording' to his figures and $12,003, 
based on Dumb and Badatreet. 

The 1929 catastrophe took a Red 
Sea dive, the first week grossing 
$14,980, with a $2,112 "nut" every 
night. The scrubwomen of the Gar- 
den are reported to have been paid 
off In new mops. 

First prize this year was. $2,600. 
Figures are not Inaaglnary, although 
presentation of the jack at this 
writing has not been made, 'but will 
doubtless be handed over to the 
winning team. No. 81, Jimmy Priore 
.ind Jeanne King. 

Second week of the derby went 
a couple of "Ca" in advance of the 
first week, then tailsplnned for the 
third and final heat. Garden broke 
even, according to H. J. Dlbblee, of 
the booking dept. . Crandall Insists 
he wound up even, but be blushed 
a deep red as', be qaoth: "I came 
out' clean," the very' words used by 
Gen. &us1duska 'at tibia 'Selge of 
Babylon, Jan. 12, 712 B. C. 
Survivor* 

Survivors of the balf sole and Bo ' 
body contest were: No. 83, Jimmy 
Scott and Olga Christenson; No. 3, 
Tommy Nolan and Anna King; No.v ^ 
33, Nick Wlnricb and Jean An- 
drew9: No. 63, John pix^n and Ida 
Hagglund; No, 11, Ja<;k Simmers 
and Ab'oda Relscb. Turn the six 
upside down aiina. you have tiie num- 
ber of couples ie't In. the first derby 
at tbe Garden last year, 

Derby was run by points gained 
this year In 16 dances to a sprint 
and three' sprints -a day, at '3 p. ta., 
10 p. tn. and 2 a^, m. ' Vacant choirs 
were the 'judges.' .T^innera 'obtained ■ 
2,897 points^, ' evrery one sticking in 
ball of their' ifeet. .. .. 

A six-day '.roller, skating race.wl.ii. 
be the ,Garden'9 : next, .novelty, .'not 
under Crandall adminliBtration. Der.- 
byites go to Boston and then to 
Paris, both Jumps with a ntaybe 
clause. ' ' 



Jewela Re<!oy(ere4» With , 
Giri OrgilnKit A^^^ 

- Janis Kaplan, 20, of the Fairfield 
Hotel. 'Who testified' recently In 
West Side Coiirt tbat sHe bad Uv4d 
as tbe .wife of ','Tltanlc" Thompson, 
friend of tbe late Arnold Rothstein, 
will appear this week in West Side 
Court as tbe complainant against 
Alice Jacobs^ -26^ of tbe Fairfield 
Hotel. 

Miss Jacobs, ' an organist. Is 
charged .with grand larceny. She is 
out on large ball. 

.Miss Kaplaii charged that Mar- 
gery Allen .and Joe Rqm.an, together 
with Miss Jacobs, opened her trunk 
April 1 In her apartment at the Fair- 
field. She alleges that $8,300 worth 
of gems were istolen. The baubles 
have been recovered by the sleuths. 



By MABEL THOMAS 



Walklkl beach not holding as 
many personages; as usual, but sev- 
eral show people' dirop tn frequently, 

Maurice "Lefty'^ Flyhn is now 
asst. mgr. of the Royal Haiwalion 
Hotel. He. bas been tbe sports dl>: 
rector at the hotel for four months. 

Members of the "'Whoopee" com- 
pany en roate for Australia spent a 
day here, Mr. and • Mrs. Forrest 
Vamal, Bulah Berson and her 
mother. If iss McCormick and Sunny 'f 
Miller were In the group. 

Galll-Curcl Is due for a single 
twilight concert June 7. 

William Etoyd, Louis Silver and 
Mr., and Mrs. Ken Maynard have 
been roiling the sands of late. 



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Wednesdayr^ June 6, 1929 



Chatter m New York 



Lucille Mcndez has taken a housQ 
At Mlneola, L. I., for the summer. 

Show femmes going In heavy for 
sandals. 

Tammany Young crashed a motor 
bus to Buffalo- 
Georges Carpentier from France 
Is In New York. 

Barney Gallant sailed Saturday 
tor Russia. Hope he comes back. 

Johnne Clare, English songstress, 
is at the Club Lido, New York. 

With a n6w show, headed by Dan 
Healy, the Club Richman hopes to 
remain open through the sum-mer. 

I. Miller, the shoe maker, was 
among the theatrical contingent 
sailing on the He de France Monday. 

Homer Drake, press agent for 
.''"ranz Lelber, has gone to Los An- 
geles for the summer. 

One actress in a Broadtoay shotc, 
principal, wears cott<m hose. Whyf 
You ask her. Cheaper, though, to 
go bare legged. 

Boyle Woolfolk, Chicago Keith 
booker, returned from Europe last 
week after a month's vacation and 
win go back to Chi this week. 

William Harris, Jr., has wed. 
Held out a long time. Bride non- 
pro. Wedding occurred some weeks 
ago but Just announced. 

Camllle Lenalre has got herself 
a nice big emerald and a job in 
"Show Girl." Last understudy In 
"Congal." 

Marriage dated for July 1 of Rob- 
ert Kane and' Ruth White. Kane Is 
the Pathe picture producer in New 
York. His fiancee is a sister of Mrs. 
Sid Kent. 

Martha Coleman„ of the Harper's 
Bazaar staff, ' and founder of the 
New York Newspaper Women's 
Club, sailed o'n the "Homeric" for a 
vacation abroad. 

One Broadway clothes shop dis- 
playing the glarlest shirts ever. 
Calls them Trafilc Red and 'Trafflc 
Green. Would stop ' trafilc. Even 
too loud for 'tab comedians. 

Leonard Bergman and Tom 
Naughton up in. Maine fishing, 
claim to have caught so many sal- 
mon and trout they were ordered 
off the lake. 

Friars will ; feed Frederick E. 
Goldsmith at a beefsteak in the 
Monastery Saturday evening at 11. 
Reason: Freddie's appointment as 
Justice of Municipal Court. 

Mark Barron recovering from 
malarial fever at Piccadilly hotel. 



London. He is over there agontlng 
"Porgy" and "Caprice" for Theatre 
Guild. .. 

Larp Fay's new second-hand Ex- 
celsior (foreign) car looks like a 
draped elephant. It attracts a lot 
of attention, and Larry says it's a 
girl-getter. 

Irene Rich has made herself pop- 
ular with the theatre men, back 
and front, by not demanding any- 
thing. Miss Rich thinks it's all a 
part of the new vaude to her. 

Barbara Baroundess has an art- 
ist's tarn, one of those little 
chapeaux minus a rim, which sets 
on the corpora quadrlglmlni like a 
pea hat. Refreshing, but rough on 
the neck. 

Electric fans made debut In Long 
Island Railroad station. Several 
years late. That station Is th^ 
starting point for seashore points 
but is one of the world's hottest 
places. 

Anne Morrow was observed in 
Madison avenue wearing tortoise- 
rimmed .glasses and pursued by A 
brigade of newspapermen. She en- 
tered- a haberdashery and ;bough^ 
Lindy six neckties which fairly 
screeched. The haberdashery is 
now making a window display of 
the six four-in-hands, urging cus- 
tomers to get a Lindbergh neckwear 
outfit. The half dozen patterns may 
sweep the country. 

Betty RelUy, of Brooklyn, novice 
winner of "Miss Syncopation" con- 
test) staged in Keith's New ■ York 
theatres In a tie-up with the pic- 
tuire "Sjrhcopation," landed some 
Keith vaude tlm^ along with the 
)260 first prize. 

Madison Square Garden using 
new stunt to eliminate intoxicated 
seat-holders at the dance derhy. 
As orchestra plays "Btar-Spangled 
Banner" house 'cops scan the tiers 
for those unatite to rise. Then they 
go for them. And howt 

In conjunction with women's 
hosiery repair shops a men's de- 
pifrtment has been opened in one 
establishment advertising 24-hour 
service for darning of men's socks. 
Charge is 16 cents a sock no matter 
how much darned. 



Dr. Reginald Sayre, 70, died at 
his home in New York last week. 
Dr. Sayre Is always given credit 
by Nellie Revell for rescuing her 
from a five-year hospital cot. Be- 
sides physician and patient, ' the 
doctor and' Jfellte were fend mutual 
adfiilrers. 




On Bbdir Coasts ! 

■ ■ , • '.■ ■ »'■■'»'! V . 
. Ij[e said he was.a .i^flw 'iTprkr. 
er:— He .^Iwayat rav^a. .^bout. 
it — no town like' Hew Yprkr— , 
all traffic's a Joke outside of 
New York — that's where .you 
see all the shows— action all 
the time— Wall S.treet — the 
Big Stem — ^where can you Beat 
it — everything happens In New 
York — best ball clubs In either 
league — the country's greatest 
football team, N. T. U.— no 
golf courses like Westchester 
and Long Island — boy, what a 
town — and the gals — ^yes, sir — 
Ll'i ol* New York. 
He came from Buffalo. 

He said he was a New York- 
er: — He likes. Chicago, San 
Francisco . and Los Angeles — 
plenty, of trfifflo in all towns — 
no. other Wall Street or Broad- 
way, but green grass, trees, . 
and some fresh ' air — when he 
goes to the Polo Grounds or 
Yank Stadium he roots for the 
visiting teams— yoii can't get 
him into Madlsou Square Gar- 
den — he knows — he sees pic- 
tures and some nice theatres 
out of town — he has played 
golf on courses without taking 
all day tc get there and back — 
all towns have some nice gals 
— ll'l or New York — he doesn't 
bonst about It 

He was born on 113th street. 



He Was a Native Sen 

He said he was a native' 
son: — I know, hut this Is un- 
usual—look, there's Catallna-r^ 
how's that ; fruit — see those 
flowers — breathe that air — how 
about these roads — is this a 
spot— what about those hills — 
every, day, all day — that , sun — 
five years :on your . life^a 
chump state for doctors — 
walt'U you see some western 
football — remember Stanford- 
Army — ^Just what can you guys 
do back east? 

He came from Kansas. 



He said he was a native 
son: — Yea, IVm nice country. 
He is a natlye son. 



ASBURY PARK 

Asbury Park, June 3. 
■ Plenty of activity from Decoration 
Day to 'Sunday wlthi the Broadway 
boys and girls making it a rendez- 
vous. 



Loch Arbour beach Is getting the 
big play during the atternooh 'with 
the Sanl'Remo' .the popular .dine and 
dance, spot. Both hang. ou^ are' lo- 
cated, just north of Ai\>\tt7. Loch 
>.rbour ha^ alr,eady'. tilted Its.t>ath 
house' scale In order' to keep oft the 
one-day excursionists. 



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ADITtVI B'way & CI SL MldiilEht 
K^Arl l\fL> Pictures Nightly at 11.30 

WILLIAM HAINES 
"A Man's Man? sThi'i?.?!;,* 

On the Stage "Capitol Frolle" 
featuring DAVE SCHOOLER and hj8 
Capltollans; RBNB and JOHN ARNAUT; 
Duflln and Draper; Slate Brou. i PattI 
Spear*; Palva Pavllcek- & John Trlce- 
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Considerable construction going; on 
here' and the boardwalk is in pretty 
bad siiape for the greater part oMts 
length. New caaim>' costing around, 
a-mlllion blocks off entry Into Ocean: 
Grove. Further north a convention' 
hall and theatre ' Is going up and 
here walking is again made difflcult.' 



Ross Fenton Farm, under the 
management at- Frank Ford, will 
open June 16. 



Half a dozen game rooms began 
operations over the extended' week- 
end with no big play reported 
Only bnorroom running in the city 
limits, the other scatteired. ■ Many 
of the boys active at Miami Beach 
this winter are now here. . 



. Most popular pa^is : along the 
shore is located a short ride from 
the center of town and getting a 
big play from those In the know.- 



Proximity to Ne* Tork Is a big 
factor to Asbury. Rates at the 
newer hotels are within reason' at 
all times and even' those with a 
short bankroll can have a good' 
time knowing .the spots and angles 
In the! country back of ' the . vari- 
ous shore resorts are several lilde- 
aways, each getting a. steady and 
Increasing week-end ■ play. Neigh-' 
boring farms sell newly' made 
applejack (Jersey lightning) .it $2.50 
a gallon. 



Chicken lobsters, bootlegged va 
riety, measuring under four and one- 
eighth Inches, are obtainable at 
many places along the shore at 
moderate prices. State law pro- 
'Vldes-H-flire-ot-$20-for^-eftch-of-the. 
' babes ollered for sale. 



Lots of Roiigh 

At a country club near San 
Diego Jack Wlggln of Fox rend a 
notice in the locker room stating: 
"■When in the rough look out for 
rattlGsnakes." 

He started out with a dozen balls 
and came back with three. '\ 



Chatter in Nice 

By Frank Scully 



Cliatter in I^Qop 
Inacdinite Biographies 

By QLAUDE BINYQN 



Chicago, June 1. 
MORTIMER H: SINGER 

Mort (Huh?) singer, linafflllated 
with any midget organization, has 
been In show business 30 years. It 
wasn't until « few years ago that 
he achieved fame of ,^any ' national 
importance. At that time Singer 
had gone to ..Kansas City to loolc 
over a ' couple or Orpheum houses 
and naturally ^ wanted to ^et out 
of K. G. as soon as. he could do so 
logically without Insulting the 
mayor. 

A ticket and sleeper were bought 
for him. Singer sat Idly talking 
about show business while he tore 
both tickets into thin strips. This 
done, he tossed the strips Into a 
wastebasket and picked up his suit- 
case. 

"Where are my tickets?" he 
asked. 

"In the wastebasket," retorted a 
peasant. 

"By Heaven!" exclaimed Singer, 
": tore them Into thin strips!" 

"You sure did," agreed the peas- 
ant. » 

Three ilays la.ter.. the Orpheum 
board went nuts 'over Singer's ex-^ 
pense account, which listed an item 
of ripe' bananas at $30. ' 

"What In the devil," asked the 
board, "did you do with $30 worth 
of ripe bananas?" 

"I ate them," said Singer gravely. 

"In one sitting?'.' asked the board,' 

"No," said Singer. "I ate theml 
standing up. ' Th&t's the .only way 
you can eat ' $3D worth of - ripe 
bananas.'' 

"Nuts," said the board. 

"Bananas," corrected Singer. 

"Oadt" cried the board. 

"Huh?" answered Singer, thereby 
creating his own nickname. 

Huh Singer started his career as 
producer of musical shows at the 
old La Salle theatre. Therei were 
three song writers on his staff— ^ 
Franklin P. Adams, who became a 
columnist; Will Hough,, who quit 
In a huff, and Jo« Howard, - .who. 
went Into vaudeville. ' ' ..' 

Singer gave up in disgust and 
became manager of the old Ass'n. 

At that time the Ass'h had 106 
weeks on Its books, which la two 
weeks less than a lifetime. Acts: 
starting the route wrote a will, put 
their children In 'military or reform 
schools, kissed the old lady good- 
bye' and killed the Ice man. 

Later Huh became ' executive 
vice-president of ' the old Orpheum 
circuit and watched it disappear,, 
while the Orpheum' board smashed 
hlC' record . by slipping on $60 
worth of bananas. 

With reorganization Singer be- 
came assistant manager of this ter- 
ritory for' Keith's, equal In com- 
parative importance to being two 
execs of the old Orpheum short- 
circuit. 

Huh has a wife, two brothers. 
Will and Harry, and a son who has 
almost completely' discouraged lluh 
by showing a preference for green 
persimmons. 



Chicago Comedyi Club surprised 
Mark Fisher by throwing onie of Itsf 
clown nights in his honor. Affair 
was a sello.ut, with all m. c.'s l^f 
town bowing to each other. 

Most important, ^vent to lofal 
night lifers was the opening of the 
Frolics. 

Benny MerofC collected $8,400 for 
the boys' summer camp he's spon- 
soring. — 

Paul Oscard and H. Leonard 
Spltalny can 'be seen any night at 
Lindy's matching coins for the 
check. 

With all hotels now refusing to 
serve setups, the Heraid-Examlner 
demonstrated an e.asy runaround on 
the' new rule. Get the stuff from the 
hotel drug store. 



Breaking 10d-:-ahd Almost 

Donn Mcllwalne, among Pathe's 
new crop of Coast golfers, breezed 
Jlkai-.Santa Monica with a '98. 

Phil GersdbrT HcimivSlne's assTsl" 
ant, also a new U'nksman, is dis- 
consolate as Mac is jubilant Due 
to having to be at the studio by 9 
a. m., Gersdorf found he had to 
pass up the last two holes at West- 
wood with an 85 to his credit after 
the 16th . green. Mob had to use 
force to keep him from going back 
for the 17th and 18th that after- 
noon. 



• ■' Nice, May- a'S;.; 
Jae ■ (3reen berg, Tony •Sarg's puf>« 
liaher, hasn't . changed I a. bit In IS 
years, . WJten a Journalism student 
at Columbia .he .used .to crash evea 
aubwayq on a .pol^. pass for news* 
hounds,, and in' a week here ho 
hasnit paid one holdup fee to enter 
the various csusinbs. Still usin^ 
the same old technique and getting 
away .with It-plenty. 

Somerset Maugham Is burning up 
over that story that he killed a 
femme de chambre with his car. 
Says it wasn't' the ' playwrightlng 
doctor at all, but two other felony 
One story did have the driver as 
Somerset Somerset, but there's no- 
body so named on Cap Ferrat, where 
Maugham lives. Author so sick he 
can't even stutter. 



. Mary Garden's Days 

Mary Garden, trying: to laugh oS 
young Howe's dirty digs, has rolled 
In B^aulleU, where she' has a villa. 
Regular summer gag for Mary. 
Takes . niide sun baths, dances, 
throws parties .at'JUonte Carlo and 
.plays jem on the .line from May to 
N'ovember. Then "she tyn^s up her 
pipes, ' If any, ' at . this, Paris Opera 
and calls herself ready for another 
season at (jhioago. Old enough to 
be writing her biography: in fact. 
Is, Simon and ^qhuster a^re after it. 

Emma Goldman, . 'anarchist and 
girl friend 'of Alec Be'iHcmart, is mat'- 
ried to ah Englislt - miner. Name 
Is now Mrs, E. 'O. Colton. She's got 
a little hduse' half Way between 
here and MarseiHes;.' Writing . her 
life there. • - 5. .W. Qreenberg and- 
Fay, his. wife, spent . a., whole day 
trying ,to find the Goldman chateaji 
and'canie back 10 hours later curs- 
ing. ' Book may draw like Isadora 
memoirs, and (3reenberg wanted to 
tie up old Emma while over here. 

Count Zeppelin, dirigible that hod 
to turn back from Its American 
trip and be pulled to earth near 
here, was carrying a gorilla from 
the Nice zoo. to New Tork. Looked 
like plant to grab Leo, the Llon'a 
act (with.' a similar forced landing), 
but gag was on the level. Cost a 
graiid to ship the' brute. Market 
value of the Bull Montana ancestor 
Is $8,000. 



' Palalb Folds 

' '.Palais ;.de.. la. Medlterranee, finest 
,ca0ljno';)>ar !)i6ne in th^ wptrld, folded 
ui^';^|iU^jplre^k. . Plac^ has been like 
a mbrigu9 , apd , Qouuj^'' is .plenty in 
the red on his, ftrst season— four 
million cit leastl' Joy 'Joint died with 
Its' boots on, ahywajr, glvIng^vtHei 
peasants a display of flreworkd on 
the last night. ' Old line casinos 
stay open, of course. 

Jetee CaslnQ has been packing 'em 
In with a nicely paced revue, with 
pretty' costumes, colorful scenes and 
the homeliest cast east of Suez, 
They gyji> Donaldson's "My Blue 
Heaven" and sing a piece called 
"Ma Cote D'Azur" — publicity plug 
for the Riviera. Show has a good 
parody of Cecil Sorel and Max 
Dearly, with a dazzling stairway 
set so characteristic of Sorel. Top 
price 80 cents, or about half what 
It's worth. 



. Mayor Muratore 

Luclen Muratore, former husbond 
of LInd Cavalle.ri and riow married 
to a non -'professional, has Just been 
elected Mayor ' of Blot— hill town 
Half way between Nice and Cannes 
— whloh is famous for its pottery. , 

Opera star says he Is through 
with tenor stuff and Is out to make 
Blot a blgtlme. winter resort, with 
better plumbing. He got 221 out 
of total, possible of 236 votes of 
the peasants. 

Guy 'de Maupassant lived at Blot, 
and' there Is a- magnincent villa 
there which has' Just been turned 
Into a home for French journalists. 



■ ■ . I 

Line. (Who's. Lopney. Now?) Cav- 
alieri: hopes to crash into the talk- 
ers and tie up a' string of beauty 
parlors in the States. Gone to New 
Tork with • that purpose in mind. 
She has two bea'uty shops here- 
one in Monte Carlo and the other 
in Paris. 



W. B. Trites, author of "Gipsy 
and other novels, has a fourth story 
walk-up on the Qua! des Etats Unls 
(United States Drive). 



Kbrngold's Canes . , 

Ralph Korngold, hermltlng in 
Nice, where he Is living on oO" 
bucks d year, is novel-writing. 
-lng--retlied-:from.-the -knlfe- makln g 
and socialist racket. ' He now sports ■ - 
a cane. Leaning on It. the other 
day, a car took It from under nim 
and cracked It In two. Voluble 
driver leaped from car and spraye<* 
Korngold with apologies, meanwhile 
pushing him In the car. They 
drove to the swellest cane shop on 
the Rlvierd and cracked caiic was 
replaced with one so chii- ""'^ 
Kornsold thinks he'll trade H 
a Rolls. 



Wedhesdaryr, Jme S. 1929 



TIMES SQUARE 



VARIETY 



45 



Hol^ood Chatter 



Frank Tuttia hat painted his own 
nortrait, Saya can't take chances 
on these professional arttsU. 

' -William PowjBll and Ronald Col 
man Toughed It for a we«k to the 
t» gorge at Grand Canyon, 

• When Count Bertmga, of Spain, 
Yjhaplln'B house guest, Bugeested to 
iomedlan at midnight that they try 
cut Charlie's new tennis court he 
■yfoa taken on. Game called at B.30 
e. m. 

Very fashionable now to Invite 
tootleggers to cafe parties. They 
arrive In dinner clothes, accom- 
panied by the girl irlend, and bring 
. the evening's supply. 
. , Irene Bordonl and her retinue of 
.servants, stopped only long enough 
.at .a hotel to find a 20-room Beverly 
Hills home. 

Pencil bridge (cards) le the latest 
form of brain calesthenlcs to be 
. adopted out here. 

'.Employees at First National anxl- 
'cuBly awaited return of Jack War- 
Tper to see if they get a vacation or 
[ionuB. 

- ' Sure sign of summer was signaled 
by Stepin Fetchit when he wrapped 
. 'ujj his .'Christmas tree before de- 
parting for the east. 

• :. Just as Indicating on how tougli 
things are In- this town story, 
seemingly authentic, tells of brewer 
entertaining 1,000 Shriners at his 
ranch off in wilds, and best he dared 

■ jiand them was near beer. 
;, -High backed seats at Criterion 
make- it a popular resort for college 
' late necking parties. 

Joe Shea, doing publicity for Fox 
has an invention which will aid the 
cats of tbe universe to ehjoy the 
same pleasures as a dog. New gim 
'mick is a rubber bathing suit, de- 
signed to fit any make or size of 
feline, and when properly worn it 
enables the animal to swim with the 
same grace and- ease as a dog. 

Jack Haskell drove cross-country 
and made it in eight days. He was 
ac<!ompanled by hiri secretary, who 

still here. 
■' ..Somebody owed Buster West a 
golf bet and wouldn't pay off.. So 
B.uster copped the radiator cap -off 
hie debtor's car and is holding it 
"till we meet again." 

Studio runner drove Harry Cohn 
nuts by getting a cigarette too near 
an uncanned reel of fllm. Having 
worked all day to complete the cut- 
ting on the feature, boys then had 
to stay up all night putting Reel 1 
together .again from the negiitivc. 
Spool , was ready at nine a. m. the 
: next morning. Harry counted 10 
nine times as the news broke 

Young Pat Rooney evidently 
didn't see enough of the coast. He's 
still phoning Los Angeles twice a 
week. 

. There's another magnetic hill 
Original one. Just off Sunset Boule 
vard. In Hollywood, Is now roped 
off. It's the Incline where an auto 
rolls uphill or, coming down with 
power off, will come to a stop and 
start backwards and up again. No- 
body believes it, but many a dollar 
has changed hands, on the demon- 
stration, latest one is reported on 
Mack Bennett's ranch near Burbank. 
. "Option paint" is in common use 
out here. All studios are using it on 
doors, to offlces given over to song- 
writers and authors from the east 
One swipe with a sponge leaves no 
trace. 

Leo Morrison evidently got his 
driver's license last week on per 
sdnality or by talking fast. He was 
60 per cent wrong on the 20 ques- 
tions they ask out nere, and from 
the expre.<)sion on his face tlie big 
Lincoln trotted out for the test drive 
might just as well have been the 
Berengarla. Things weren't so bad 
until Leo hit a traflic Jam on a hill- 
sit which point he simply pulled the 
emergency brake, got out of the car 
and walked back. 

Dick Keene may be glad he's gone 
pictures, but there's some grief at- 
tached to it. He's having teeth out 
and others straightened. 

You'll have to figure out the stage 
comic back east whom a studio 
wired a sweet ofter, minus trans 
portation, and to which the come 
dian addressed a reply reading: "I'm 
not a contestant in Pyle's bunion 
derby, and 3,000 miles means It'll 
take me six: months to walk It. Is 
this the picture or garment com 
— '-pany?"-TlilS"tromlc Is now-here-and 
the same studio is still after him. 
Further negotiations apparently 
ended when he sent another wire, 
saying: "Will you pay t..e bus fare 
from 1k)3 Angeles to Hollywood?" 

Another comic, a vaudeville 
youngster, is apt to bicker, himself 
out of a picture chance by Insisting 
that his contract read lie inust su- 
pervise the cutting. Hardly .neces- 



sary to state he's never been In pic- 
tures. 



Al Jolson Is pulling out some- 
where for two weeks 

George K. Arthur Is sporting a 
bruised nose from diving Into ai 
concrete pool for dimes. 

Hearing that Buster Keaton was 
about to get a new car, some one 
painted 'a sign on the back of his 
old one reading, "Positively Last 
Week, 

Bessie Love devoting her vaca 
tion to new dance routines taught 
by George Cunningham. 

Irene Bordonl brought more ser 
vants to the coast than Lenore Ul- 
rlc, but latter beat her on flowers 
presented at the train 

BUlle Dove is off horses after 
Jumping hurdles all day for her new 
picture. 

Mrs. George Jessel arrived In 
town with four Russian wolfhounds 
She left her husband at French 
Lick Springs for a rest. 

Recovering from a slight eye op 
eration, Colleen Moore was forced 
to wear smoked colored glasses: 
Resulted in an avalanche of queries 
from reporters and friends until the 



actress resorted to wearing > aiuh 
reading "Not Blind and Not Seri- 
ous." 

Since acquisition of Grauman's 
Chinese, Fox 1b having all* players 
.-nake fresh imprints of feet in the 
foyer. 

Alan Birmingham needed new 
brldgework for his pet cat «ind re- 
delved bids from 20 dentists. 

Arlette Marchal back after a long 
stay In Europe. 

Freddie Zwelfel Is now Installed 
at Fox as "studio contact" for the 
Influx of Broadway talent. Zwelfel 
is doing a Grover Whalen. He's the 
bfllclal greeter and arranges accom- 
modations for all newcomers. 

Coffee Dan's is now presenting 
silver cups to the best spender of 
the week. George Lait was pre- 
sented with the first. 

Upon Inspection of a curved 
sword and Jewelled scabbard rented 
for "The Green Goddess," George 
ArllBS found inscribed on it the 
name of Rudolph Valentino. Proved 
to be one of the many possessions 
auctioned after the star's death. 

Seymour Felix has found Holly- 
wood so wild he sits up until 11 p. m. 
playing "Jacks" with his nine-year- 
old daughter, Marilyn. Felix will 
stage the dances in "Sunnyelde Up," 
Brown, DeSylva, and Henderson 
picture for Fox, currently laid out 
for only one ensemble number. 



On the Square 



Sam Katz' Father With B & K 

Morris Katz, Sam Katz' father. Is oV«>e Balaban & Katz staff In Clil- 
caeo where he has been for several years. A kidding story in this 
S^^artment la^t week said Mr. Katz had been at the Kentucky Derby, 
another slight error. 

Blacksnake Killed On Its Birthday 

A six-foot blacksnake was killed near Times Square Decoration Day. 
Discovered by Thomas Taconet. watchman for a constiucUon com- 
pany tearing down old houses before erecting an apartment hotel at 250 
to 262 W. 42d street, the reptile was observed by Taconet as he ap- 
proached a pineapple stand. He had been very thirsty anyhow and was 
about to order an orangeade when the snake hissed him. 

Unaccustomed to being razzed, Thomas lurched toward the rlalto 
python and with one fell swoop decapitated it. Taconet was held on a 
short affidavit of snake-oil. He broke dowi when he learned that he 
had killed the snake on its birthday and that it had a great rep as a 
rat exterminator. ^ , , , , v.^,^^ 

Taconet has three children. The snake left a widow and four holes. 

Two little girls started from Times Square Saturday morning at 6:02 
on a great adventure. One Is Marvel "Pottle" Dobbs and tho other 
Allene May. Both are of the nite clubs. The girls had saved enough 
to buy a second-hand Chevrolet. They paid $225. 

Every morning at 10 o'clock for one month the Chevy company gave 
them free instruction in operating a car. They obtained licenses and 
threw away the roller skates they used to use at 4 a. m. In Central Parlt 
after club hours. 

Both girls emanate from San Francisco. Can you guess what is the 
adventure upon which they have set out? Right! 




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Wednesday, June 6, 1929 



Gray Matter 

By MoUie- Gray 

(TOMMY CRAY'S SISTER) 



A Delightful Lady . 

In "The Divine Lady" Corlnno 
Grifflth waa charming and delight- 
ful whether in her cotton frock and 
docr-fllllns hat or In the elegance 
ot her trailing velvets and satins 
and taffetas that followed. Waist- 
lines under the orms and moun- 
tains of curls were no hardship and 
those yardwlde hats were made for 
her. 



Claire Whitney, In the Vltaphone 
edition of "Gossip," an entertaining 
sketch, wore black taffeta whose 
full skirt was finished witii a hem 
of net, the bodice lightly beaded, her 
necklace a long one of crystal. 



Costello'a "Glad Rags" 

Dolores Costello charmed scenic- 
ally and vocally in "The Glad Rag. 
Doll." The costume she was mar- 
ried in was the simplest and smart- 
est. A white silk frgck and black 
velvet Jacket, closed with main^. 
email metal buttons, with gauntlet- 
cults, round collar and bow . of 
ermine. A long white organdy pufC 
sleeve frock with small slUc flowers 
embroidered around the neck and 
In rows on the lower skirt and an- 
other white net waa lightly 
sprinkled with sequins, silver slip- 
pers just peeking from under the 
skirt, and an' dstrlch-edged wrap of 
solid sequins oVer It^ ' Ne'erlig^'s 
trailed the floor putting all the ma- 
terial in the train; most ot it any- 
way. The coat of hei^ pajama en- 
efeihble' was beaded lace which also 
trimmed the top aind edged the 
trousers. Audrey Ferris looked 
tldlculously mature for a kid sister, 
•Ten in Phllly, in silk fringe to the 
tAoor with a spt^ngle Jacket oyer It^ 
Her black velvet negligee, with stiff 



white roses at liec:. and sleeves, 
was out of place. 



Best Dressed Band 

Rudy Vallee is singing a quite 
appropriate, swan song this week at 
the Paramount, and doing it as 
single. "Rah, Rah, Rah" is a 
campus romance, naturally, the 
girls opening as sweet graduates In 
white ruffles and bouquets sus- 
pended from their wrists. It was 
probably Barbara Vernon who 
danced her ay into the r^be 
uncle's heart first In white and later 
in a green and yellov tulle whose 
green satin bodice had a black lace 
trimming matclng It look rather an- 
cient Helen X«wls and her Col- 
leglates are absolutely the best 
dressed band on any stage. Gowns 
were pink ^atln^ with very full side 
train of >tulfled mallne that draped 
the chairs so gracefully, and more, 
mallne used for » rutt around the 
heck. 



"Rainbow . Man" Is Just one' of 
those movie mysteries, the mystery 
being how it. ever hapi>ened. Marlon 
Nixon, was sweet a= the girl friend, 
her . frocks simple, her soft hair 
with Just ant wave nea.- the ends, 
very becoming. One crepe frock 
had a double pieate : .collar, ends 
scalloped . ancjl a silk ..biq'use had its 
scarf collar .gatherj^' into' Jeweled 
pins at each' sid.^ Of ' the neck, a, 
dark tie ifor qontrast.- ' 



Stie'a . only a piastle aurgeon's 
daughter,' but' : nose her stuff, says 
Jimmy Durante, Jimmy may lec> 
ture before the U. 8. Aviation beard 
on. the nose dive, which James aaya 
i« no. night elub. 



(Continued from' las't^'w'eek) 



What Is known- as the IS-Day - Diet had Its first 7 days printed last 
ireek. Herewith cue the remaining 11 days; 



ALL BREAKFASTS ALIKE 

H grapefruit, 1 slice toast, coffee, little milk and sugar 
' Tea or coffee with all 'meals- 
Eighth Da/' 

% grapefruit % grapefruit 

1 broiled Iamb chop 2 eggs. ,. 

% head lettuce Asparagus ' 

Plaih;'sblnach. ~ .',- 
Slice 6{ toast- ? ,1 



HoUywooi 




Ninth Day 



'l-c. 



Mt gr&pefrult 
1 egg 
1 tomato 
Meat salad. 



Cinnamon toast 
Tea 



% grapefruit 
1 lamb chop 
% head lettuce 



grapefruit 
% lobster 
Crackers 



% grapefruit 
1 lamb chop 
H head lettuce 



% grapefruit 
1 egg 

1 slice toast 



% grapefruit 
1 tomalto 
1 egg 

1 slice toast 



% grapefruit 
1 tomato 



Tenth bay 



Eleventh Day 



Twelfth Day 



' .Same as lunch 



Broiled steak 
Celery 
'2 olives 
1 tomato 



Same as lunch 



1 orange 
2^brolled chops 
Cold slaw 

1 ^toihato 

2 olives 



Thirteenth Day 



Fourteenth Day 



Fifteenth Day 



Sixteenth Day 



Broiled steak 
% grapefruit 

iiead lettuce 
Celery 



Broiled steak 
1 tomato 
% grapefruit 



^ grapefruit 
2 lamb chops 
1 tomato 

. 1 slice toast 



. 1 orange 
i.BxoX^eji_8teok^ 
Plain "spinach 



Seventeenth Day 



% grapefruit 
1 Iamb chop 
% head lettuce 



% grapefruit 
1 egs 
1 tomato 



Eighteenth Day 



Bi'oIIed stca'k 
1 tomato 
Celery 
Olives 



% grapefruit 
Broiled fish 
Plain spinach 



Hollywood', June 1. 
When the struggling young pic- 
ture player has at last "arrived" 
in Holly wodd, and ' wants to ac- 
coutre herself accordingly, there'are 
two schools of dressing offered her. 
Whether to be a "lady," or continue 
on as a glorified hotsy-totsy is the 
question. 

Atmospheric 

Should she decide to change her 
spots and become a lady, very re- 
flned and no mistake, there Is a 
shop so well bred where she will 
find understanding. No Vulgarity in 
salespeople, flxlners or indelicate 
mention of prices. It is rather like 
Mme. 'Frances in her hey-day. 
. The tiustomer lounges at ease in 
down-stuffed chairs- grouped about 
the spacious rooms. Promenades of 
mbdels aiipear, posture, approach 
and. respectfully discuss fabric and 
line In low voices. 

The presiding genius of the es- 
tablishment whispers hlc comment, 
too aware of the fragile elegance of 
the surroundings to shatter the 
illusion of refinement by talking. 

Here atmosphere is fostered. 
Models are good In a detailed man- 
ner. Meticulous. Dresses match 
the'! accompanying coat In labori- 
ously worked -out ideas. Everything 
proves time spent plotting the fine 
points, the trimmings, the Intri- 
cate seamlngs. 

' . But Inspired Imagination Is lack- 
ing. No brilliance, - no humor, no 
bold gesture to these clothes. No 
great sweep of idea. They are 
clothes for women who are timid, 
who prefer being snugly correct 
rather than a comet across the 
horizon. 

They are clothes for the followers, 
not the leaders, not the women 
whose tast. Is a lesson to their less 
Intjlvlduai sisters. 

For the Hot Babes 

Then there are those Hollywood 
maidens whose basic Ideas of allure 
are not changed by success or 
plenty ot money tor clothes. The 
hot babies, graduates ot the bath- 
ing beauty grade, have their shop 
too. They may dress themselves In 
the same flgure-molding, curve-re- 
vealing, Qiovement-hamperlng style 
that seemed to aid them in their 
struggling past. 

Their shop has the type of hon- 
est sexy clothes, but in materials 
compatible with fattened purses. 
Thid, 'I establishment draws satins 
an4 velvets, trimmer with beautiful 
furs, .and. laces, tightly across the 
flguire, caressing .each contour and 
mlsslns noQe. ■ , 

' Hera the^.madkaie |b every client's 
pall . She almft t<> 'dress her cus- 
tomers to hold their husbands, or 
else. . 

Preservation of the home is her 
Id'eaU- and she follows It by telling 
the boys Just exactly what they 
have in ty^ir home. She doesn't 
boother- with the subtleties of 
sophisticated restraint.. Rather she 
concentrates on putting her clients 
over In a sure-fire, unmistakable 
mainner. 

It seems to work, so she Is 
enormously successful. 

Of course there are myriad 
smaller concerns In Hollywood 
patterned after these two leaders, 
who seek th:. custom ot the girls 
who are on their way up. But when 
they are really somebodies, or more 
Important, when they have plenty, 
th^y must decide. 

To be seen In either of these 
shops Is the sure proof that now 
they are to be reckoned with. 
At the St jdioa 

.Nancy Carroll looks like a de 
lectable 'marshmallow In a white 
chiffon Ingenue frock which she 
dons In "Burlesque." (Title subject 
to change at any moment.) ft Is 
made with; the Inevitable accordion 
pleated skirt. Accordion pleated 
cape collar Is there too. Her feet 
twinkle la silver kid slippers with 
rhinestone heels and buckles. 
Amazliig restraint leaves the frock 
utterly rhlnestoneless, however. 

Natalie Moorehead's beautifully 
colfTed blonde hair shows to good 
advantage when contrasted with a 
slinky black velvet - goWn worn in 
"Through Different Eyes." Trans 
parent souffle holds the extremely 
lo\V.>-.it bodice Jn_nlg;Ce whic h is 
outlined In brllliantsT '" ' ~ 

Miss Moorehead's own chic gives 
the gown a distinction which it does 
not have in Itself. 

Ann Peiinlhrton refuses to let 
pictures change the style of cos 
turning she has maintained as her 
own through all the vicissitudes of 
show business. In "Gold Diggers of 
'Broadway" none other than "The 
Gold Digger"),, she Is . In her long 
curia. Ostrich feathers in her hair 



Uncommon Chatter 

By Riith Morris 



Queensboro Market 

One of New ITork's most Interest- 
ing market-places Is located under 
the Queensboro Bridge. In its spa- 
cious, airy quarters, between grace- 
ful pillars reabhlng up to curved 
domes, are the booths ot the city's 
concessionaires. It looks llke-a mis- 
used railroad station, as it Is— ^a 
stopplng-oft place for vegetables in 
from the country on their way to 
the Alimentary Canal. 

In spite of its airy height, the 
assorted smells ot its wares remain 
at a sniffing level. The visiting 
housewife Is constantly reminded 
that somewhere in Its roomy cham- 
ber fish Is on sale. But tho fishy 
odor, blended with fresh-smelling 
fruits from the country and lus- 
ciously scented flowers, is really not 
so hard to take. 

The nationality of the vendors is 
miscellaneous; one hears conversa- 
tions In liquid Italian and staccato 
French around the various booths. 
A sign over one announces Isador 
Kamlnsky selling vegetables; an- 
other proudly asserts that J. Katz 
Is perfectly delighted to dispose of 
'salt - herring at a nominal price. 
Cavalr Is in abundance and Iced 
crates at one stand. Boxes of 
cherries glean, at one another, mak- 
ing lovely mosaics In shades of red. 

At the extreme end of the mar- 
ket-place a sign over a partitioned 
section announces that It is the 
Beneflt Shop of the Madonna House. 
Almost anything can be found here 
Including, possibly, germs. Cast-off 
clothes and what-not are donated 
by neighboring supporters, so gen- 
erously that it Is dlfflcult to pick 
a path through the scattered piles 
of three-legged chairs, bed-frames 
with demolished springs, books, 
hats, pianola and vlctrola records 
and what once must have been 
dresses. 

Another Madonna 

High on the east wall is a mural 
in stone, depicting a lady in heavy 
thought and little else. Chin on 
hand, she presides thoughtfully 
over a watering trough below. In- 
stalled by a benign citizen In the 
days before automobile trucks made 
it merely a decoration. 

But the art displayed over the 
trough is as nothing compared with 
the specimens donated by support- 
ers of the Beneflt Shop. They run 
mostly to religious subjects In 
bulging, heavily decorated gilt 
frames. There are more angels In 
these classics than In ten Broadway 
productions. Many ot them spe- 
cialize In bunches of forget-me- 
nots and bleeding hearts. One that 
could be a featured picture any- 
where Is In a frame deep enough 
to permit colored satin to be ar- 
ranged to represent mountains, 
while, on a sky ot blue cloth, an 
appliqued angel perches on a cloud. 
Neighborhood kids, carrying tin 
cups to the trough for occasional 
cooling draughts, stand round-eyed 
In front of this masterpiece, trans- 
flxed with awe — as well they 
might be. 



Myrna Tries to Sing 

"The Black Watch," feature film 
at the GalPty, has the type of story 
that little boys graduate to after 
they've flnlslied reading the Rover 
Boys series. Myrna Iioy looks ex- 
tremely beautiful and vocalizes like 
a six-year-old pledging allegiance 
to the Aug. 

Victor McLaglen makes a grand 
Captain King, speaking with cul- 
tured diction that seems quite nat- 
ural and occasional lapses into an 
intriguing Scotch dialect.. 



Witchcraft Made Easy 

Fifth Avenue Playhouse spon- 
sored the showing of "Witchcraft 
Thru the Ages," a film which "sets 
out to reveal the processes by 
which mankind developed fear of 
the supernatural." The picture is 
slow and boring, with its argumciit 
given in lengthy captions Illus- 
trated by gruesome and morbid se- 
quences detailing torture and. witch 
bating. Much of it has been cut, 
but enough has been left to. make 
the picture thoroughly unpleasant. 



At the Palace 

William Demarest emerging as 
in. .c. Announcing that he Is the 
only' man 'wl>e ever returned from 
Hollywood with the same'trife— ^and 
the same Jokes, top, according to 
some that follow. . .Introducing the 
Rangers, octet of singers— some 
high— but all loud. But audience 
likes. . .Demarest In the Harry Car- 
rol act. This must be one of them 
there units. Carrol's girls doing a 
California number In costumes that 
look tacky enough to ' have come 
from Hollywood. Veira Marsh, at- 
tractive blonde, doing an amusing 
flapper song. . .California Collegiaiis 
open with a sad attempt at comedy 
but. develop Into perfectly grand 
entertainment. Comedy, has an Im- 
promptu quality that Is irresistible 
.The . Demarests' specialty, as 
tunny as ever with sad 'cello, play- 
ing and the nlp-ups that Just won't 
nip... Finale. on board a Zeppelin 
with \vtre specialties and laughs, and 
a bright .flnish.,. BUI Robinson, 
making neat patterns on .the ftoor 
with beautiful taps.. .Obliging with 
encore aftec- encore. He's perfect- 
ly swell ... Helen Kane In a darling 
frock of printed silk) flaring from a 
low moulded hip line, with' a but- 
terfly bow of self material at the 
left shoulder back. Awfully cute : . . 
John T. ' Mlurray and' Vivian Oak- 
land. She's ' stunning and 'he's a 
scream. Their "Song of Fifty Tears . 
Ago" convulsing... The Four Phil- 
lips to close the show with neat 
acrobatics. 



In the Shops 

Good looking metal brocade even- 
ing wrap at Franklin Simon's. Silt- 
back cape and velvet bow at back 
center trailing to the hem line... 
Saks 34th street annual June sale. 
Very nice frocks. Very nice prices 

.."Barelegged hose" at "McCreery's 
made without a seatii to give stock- 
Ingless effect. ..Another cute stock- 
ing wrinkle at Miller's 46th street 
shop. Sun-bum hose 'With a deco- 
rated cuff added at' the ankle to 
give the effect ot a sports frock. 
Cutlsh. Also nice net lisle stockings 

. . Avlatlbn department at Altman's 
should be visited, if for nothing 
more than a laugh. Gabardine suits 
zipped on . with one zip. As low 
as llO.ECi, which puts them within 
practically everyone's reach... All 
you have to be able to afford la 
the 'aeroplane. . .Nice sun-back 
sweaters at Wanamaker'e.-. .Most 
daring ot all sun-backless bathtiig 
suits at Bonwit's. Nothing but two. 
slim, crIss-cposB straps at -back to 
keepi the beach sane... Roman -san- 
dals tor beach wear at Best's. Early 
kindergarten,' but alright for them 
as likes... All the shops featuring 
clothes. for daylight dining. In honor 
of the opening of the Central Park 
Casino on the 4th. Stewart's has a 
flock ot agreeably priced models and 
Jay-Thorpe has some knockouts. 
One Is a trailing chiffon (to be had 
In monotone or print) worn with 
what Is now called a "Casino Jack- ' 
et" and matching self-wound tur- 
ban. This shop also has a new 
perfume which It advertises ns Just 
the scent to be worn with chliton 
gowns'; Mymy! . . ."Somersets" at 
Best's cunning and practical -nhdies 
for sports wear, featuring, of course, 
the backless back. 

Roxy's Yodelers 
Going Swiss this week with moun» 
tains, yodels and coloratura so- 
pranos as echoes, for "Where, the 
Edelweiss Grows." Production, aw- 
fully heavy-handed. . Bright, attrac- 
tive colors. Finale by the Roxy- 
ettes with what probably is a Swiss 
niovement. . .Next Item, ballet ar- 
rangement of Rudy Vallee's "Deep 
Night." Not often a composer can 
appear dt the . Paramount and get 
a song plug at the Roxy. . .Beautiful 
costumes for the ballet. They've 
been used before, but they're so 
lovely a repeat IS in order. 



and a generous quantity of beads 
leave no doubt for her old admirers. 

Carmel Meyers wears film ver- 
sion overall lounging pajamas In 
"The Careless Age." Trousers are 
black chlfton velve'; with velvet 
suspenders supporting them over a 
sklh tight flesh colored -bodice. A 
metal cloth straight coat completes 
the • affair, designed to thrill the 
fans of our great mlddlcrwest. 



Banky in "Heaven" 

The "VUlmeh Benkeh" accent 
that launched a thousand, quips has 
at last been triarisported to the 
screen in "This Is Heaven," a.rcgu- 
latlon_.romance ..At, ja.,yoyng_ ImnU- _^ 
grant girl. Judging frorn its "re"-" 
ccp'tloh at a recent perrormancCj it's 
the type of picture that audiences 
simply dote on, with the star belnP 
too preciously cute for words. 

A coat worn by Vllma In lier If^ 
Hungarian moments had intevest- 
Ing fur treatment. The model is of 
tweed with a full sliver fox collar 
centered at the back with the (iTil- 
mal's head. 



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15 YEARS AGO 

(From. "OWpper" ond Tortetj/) 

' picture producers had not yet 
■tarted to accumulate theatre 
dtaine, but were In a preliminary 
(tage of that development. The 
iiurrent paaMon' was the acquisition 
of Independent exchange systems. 
tTnlyeraal was near to closing a 
'deal' to take over for $126,000 all. 
the branches of the Canadian Film 
fe^chan^es ' In the Dominion. 

' Tempest over vice Alms was still 
tilowlng,' One maker had shot the 
Interior of ■ '^he Cumberland Cafe at 
24th street and 3d avenue which 
appeared on the screen as a vice 
(Hen. Cafe people sued out an in- 
junction and asked for damages. 

' ChEkrles' Macloon and his son, 
IjOuIs, hit t>etrott with another vice 
|>lcture, "Thei Drug Terror." A 
psUedO-me^dlcal authority, who had 
lent his name' for ' a price, backed 
out, police ^refused' a permit and 
then let the picture go on after 
cutting out 300 feet. In the end the 
father and son bowed out of De- 
troit $2,600 in the red. 



The Annette Kellermann dim at 
the New Tork Globe was a hit. One 
of the first Broadway $2 pictureia. 
Terms with the theatre were un- 
nsual, calling for the first $1,500 go- 
ing to the house, which split all 
extras. Atti^ction had been doing 
around $3,600 a week. 



. Charles Frohm^, interviewed in 
I^ndon.by 'Variety, told of his am- 
bition to found a People's Theatre 
In New Yprk ,at which all the stars 
'under his management would, ap- 
pear .^t least once a year. Idea was 
to have a popular scale for' high-; 
class .productions. (Frohman was 
lost. in. the. Lusltania disaster be- 
(fore he .could put his ideas into 
effect). 



. .Vaudeville . was on the down 
.grade,, but the Keith o.fflce an- 
lipuhced ..10 more houses (among 
.them the. New Tork Palace) would 
be on .the salary cut list the fol- 
.lowlng'-eeason. 



Maude Fulton quit vaudeville and 
\'WUUain Rock's act and went to 
IjOs Aflgeies, announcing, her inten- 
tion of getting herself a berth easier 
than Taudevllle two-a-day. (Rock's 
next partner was a then unknown, 
Frances 'White.) 



50 YEARS AGO 

From ("OUpper") 

Idea of ' co-operative booking is 
on the .increase. Group of middle- 
.west variety men had started an 
informal plan of exchanging acts. 
Now eight or ten Texas legit man- 
agers hald a formal conference in 
Galveston, looking to better at- 
tractions. 

As a result they entered into a 
compact to play selected stars and 
companies in rotation. J. P. Evans 
of Galveston was selected as direc- 
tor and' announced, Ke would be in 
• New Tork in a fortihlght to entef 
into arrangements with stars and 
managers for attractions to play the 
list of houses he represented in the 
main cities of the state. 

Move was revolutionary when It 
is considered that each variety 
manager, even of minor Importance, 
booked his own show individually, 
mostly depending, upon applications 
for date by mail from individual 
acts. 



Clipper records that strawberry 
festivals and clam bakes had put a 
period to^ t he 'w orst thea trical sea - 
so'iTin m'emory. " " 



Incidental to end of tlie season's 
nieiws, it is recorded that the Grand 
opera house, Detroit, had grossed 
$112,000 , on the season. House 
played leading stars of the day, inr 
eluding the Crane-Robson combina- 
tion, ModJeska, and the ' like. Ap- 
parently an average '- week was 
around $3,000. 



Inside Staff-PictDres 



Masquers celebrated their fourth'; year as- an actors' dub and their 
third public I^evel with a midnight performance at 'Wa:merst' theatre, 
LrOB Anjseles, May ^6, -iivhich rang d<iwn at 3:45 a. m. after a 1^:30 start. 
Show had the grace to build after an exceedingly slow opening due to 
dramatic sketches, and ran through- minus an intermission. 
: Closing number, ,full stage special set of a modiste shop with the boys 
In a gown parade plus a dancing male and femme chorus, and "Ser- 
pentine," 16 men doing a Tiller routine in scanty costumes, were the 
ensemble applause hits with Frank Fay the Individual highlight next 
to closing. Fay found himself left flat by a piano player who wouldn't 
come out of the audience when called and drew much professional 
commendation tor the way he got out of the "spoi." 

Standout sketch was built around an agent trying to sell a dumb 
studio caster H. B. 'Warner, Robert Edeson, EMmund Breese, Julian 
Eltinge, Richard Caryl, etc., each man appearipg, other than Caryl and 
Eltlnge, behind a scrim in bits from one of their shows. Both Caryl and 
Eltinge did particularly well. Sam Hardy acted as m. c, using Little 
Billy as a second. Others to appear In specialties or bits Included the 
Bradburys, Ben Bard, Ben Lyon, Tyler Brooke, Armand Kallz, Mitchell 
Lewis, Lawrence Grant, Conway Tearle, Joe E. Brown, Jimmy Gleason 
and (Bob Armstrong. 

Brown got credit for tAe best gag of the night in terminating a speech 
by stating as much as he disliked to call upon a person In the audience 
he knew was unprepared, but the occasion was such, etc, and would 
the man who was responsible for the success of talking pictures arise 
and take a bow^ — and 20 Masquers sprinkled over the lower floor stood up. 

Show took about an hour to get going but once there held on. Dis- 
counting those opening 45 to 60' minutes held more entertainment than 
many a Gambol back east. Larry Geballos credited with the staging. 



After reading the published appeal made, to Federal Prohibition of- 
fices In Washington for a permit to buy and use a case of real champagne 
in filming a picture. United Artists studios became the recipient of many 
letters offering advice. Excerpts from one of the -letters read: 

"I have a friend here in this tow:n \^o has a record of making high 
powered home brew. 'When same is uncorked the sound cannot be told 
from the melodious pop of old time champagne. Being a former resident 
of the Los Angeles district years ago I could possibly put yon in touch 
with some of my former friends who have perfected the art of making 
high powered home brew, endowed with the $5 per pint sound when 
uncorked." 



One of the leading athletic clubs In Hollywood found it necessary 
to attacli a member's car as part settlement for a bill accumulated 
a^. the club. Member is a well known writer of scenarios and was a 
prolific spender whei) money was rolling in easy. 

As soon as he became delinquent the club forgot the yesterdays and 
proceeded to strip the lad of all his personal property and then told 
him to vacate. 

United Artists' Coast publicity department will stage one of those 
"how the little gal made good" campaigns as an advance ballyhoo for 
"The Locked Door." 

P. a's are selecting 16 of the best looking extras In the picture, whose 
home town is a key city, and the press of these towns will be furnished 
feature stories and full page art layouts on how their native feiiime. 
bowled Hollywood over. 

Technicolor has just two units for turning out color sequences In 
Coast studios. Both units, four cameras each with crew^ are under con- 
tract to Warners for another nine months and are being used at the 
Vf. B. Sunset and 'Vitagraph studios and also at the 'First National 
plant. One other unit' is at the Paramount studios on Long Island. 

Three Technicolor units aire to be delivered on the Coast about July 
25. Contracts fbr their use have already been made and' they -will be 
assigned to M-Q-M, Fox and Paramount for Immediate use. Elach of 
these companies expects to Use them for eight-week periods. 

A unit' is figured to cost around $60,000, and In addition to the four 
cameras is one "stand by" miachine, used in emergencies. Takes 10 men 
to operate each unit and four moniths are required to train these men. 
They get their initial two month's: training at the Boston laboratories 
and then are sent to the Coast for final experience before being put to. 
work. — ^ 

What may be a record In hooking up remote control was established 
by'the MeitropoIitan studio crew on the Coast under Helkner Bierigman.' 
Seven tons of eq'iilpment were transported to the Cruze' studio, two and 
one-half miles away. Six pairs of leased telephone wires were balapced 
and tested for transmission purposes to ascertain tdiial reproduction. 

Record was taken and playback accomplished Inside of six hours. 



Among the many new devices designed by M-G-M for recording water 
scenes is the "swimming camera." Novel device was obtained by mount 
Ing a camera head upon an improvised catamaran which was hauled 
through the -water just ahead of the swimmers. Camera lens was held 
just a few inches above the surface and focused on the swimmers. 

Another trick was especially arranged for filming "The Single 
Standard" underwater scenes. Instead of lowering cameras and oper 
ators below the surface in a glass'cage, the cameras weie stationed oni 
the deck of a boat recording the underwater scenes from a tube re 
fleeting the action by a series of mirrors on the same principle as a 
periscope. 



A manager of an Important picture house in Chicago placed himself 
and his employers In a precarious spot when he lost his temper and 
slugged a colored janitor In his house. Manager, alleging the man was 
an agitator, proceeded to beat him up badly. Janitors' union, getting 
the report of what happened, burned plenty. For a while It looked like 
the manager would have to take the next train out of town. Pressure 
was brought to bear with the union and it consented to drop the matter, 
after the beaten janitor was compensated with two weeks wages. 



After requesting that .several studios send stars to make personal ap 
pearances at the Giendale (Cal.) Breakfast Club, Freeman Lang, local 
radio announcer, discovered the racket was about played out by the 
Los Angeles Breakfast Club. 



Louis Paine, husband of Mrs. Leslie Carter, is now in pictures at 
Pathe's Coast studio where he has often been mistaken tor C. B. DeMIIle, 
Resemblance is so perfect that Paine has been approached on several 
occasions to portray the part of the well known director in a farce 
written around picture studio life. 



An outstanding shot In "The 'Virginian" will be the crossing by 
300 cattle of the swIft-runnIng Stanislaus river, recorded in sound by 
a battery of microphones, it was the first of its kind to be made for 
the screen. Seven cameras were used. 
~--MIkes-.were-.4ilaced-Jn-^treea.^klrtlng..-the-rly.er_front a nd on boom s 
concealed from cameras. The sound truck was placed back 200 yards 
from the river, about 76 yards wide at this point. 

On the opposite shore cowboys bunched the animals and held them 
for a signal. At the drop of the director's hat the cattle were herded 
into the river. After much milling and turning the animals struck 
out. The entire procession was carf-Ied 200 yards downstream before 
It was straightened out. 

The yeilH of the cowboys and bellowing of the cattle with the roar 
of, rushing -waters combined to produce an unu.sual sequence, which 
went through without a hitch. < 



Time the Only Fortune TeDer 



After ail Time seems to be the only fdrtune teller th.at faith may be 
placed in. There are others, wiio claim proflcleilcy in detailing the 
future at so much per. They rely ' upon their seventh son or daughter 
instinct, the Solar System or something like that, commonly called a 
horoscope, tea leaves, cards (unmorked), palm reading^ or just plain 
nerve. Plain nerve should be given Vthe most credit at about 10-1. 



The first fortune teller Is said to have been a witch In the woods. 
She lived in a hut wltli trees around it, quite off the road and hard to 
find. A lost boy stumbled upon the hut as the witch was reading tea 
leaves. He told her his troubles and she told him his fortune. It was 
that he would get a licking when he got home. That is said to be the 
first and truest fortune ever told. 



Then came the Gypsies. They traveled and the more they traveled 
the more chumps they ran across. The Gyps ,told everyone's fortune but 
their own. As they repeatedly neglected to advise themselves of the 
next pinch by the sheriff, the. Gyps lost caste as soothsayers. 



In succession then the crystal gazer and the palmist, with some op- 
position amongst both. So much so that there is a fortune reading pos- 
sible for 25 cents if you know where to go. 



Girls started the fortune telling stuff. "They were curious. Firstly 
they wanted to know if they would marry and secondly to whom? 
Thirdly It they did marry, how would he look and even If the fortune cost 
60 cents more, he would have to look like a prince. The girls are still 
curious over one thing or another, with some still expecting to marry 
some day, this judging of course only from Times Square. 



Then the men commenced to take it up. Stock market. Mostly. Could 
a man who owed his l&iidlord . look; Into the future and please tell. 
If Canadian Pa'ciflc would go.'vri.'; Though the star Insider held no 
Canadian Pacific, he kneW' it -would gp.iip... And it did. Might as well 
have asked if tiie U. S. Mint is' a ;good buy. 



So the men commenced to fall. They didn't believe. In tea (eaves and 
cards; tha<-. stufTs for the women. ''Ttiey were men. They wanted Info 
from horoscopes and paid for, H. . . 



Some big men of big: business are reported to have' indulged ia^ 
boroscoplng. That's a standard come-on by the readera Still Sir Conan 
Doyle believes In Spiritualism. 



Yet some of the presiimabl)^ big -men' Reported In the show business 
as horoscope bugs seem to be slowly passing- out of It. Perhaps the 
horoscopers forgot to. tell then^ 'what to avoid. 



TItis see all know ai\ stufC is< pretty risky. It would, appear that the 
last people In the world to. fall for it .would .be from the show huslnesa. 
The show business stages everything as does the fortune teller, ' 



Time is the only fortune teller. .■ Be «optent , to rest on "Times and ht 
happy to live long enough tor .Tlnte.to tell. 



hak Stuff- 




Chicago indie agents are in lopsided competition with one of their 
crowd who Is glying. theatres fine service and has a line. p( strong sales 
arguments until the stagehands' union gets wise t{it,liiin. .This agent 
sells a complete stage show to the smallest of smf^iVjhouseB, including 
gratis his own services. He takes the scenery to the theatre, bangs It, 
takes it down and carts it off, all by himself and all tor nothing. 

Tough competition for other agents who don't want to double in eblrt 
sleeves. 

Belle Osborii, with "Scandals" during Its Chicago run, decided to do 
some picture house work wheq the sho;iv closed. She went Into the 
Stratford, small nelghborhotid house, for a showing and was engaged 
for picture house work by the Morris ofilce. Charles llogan, Stratford 
booker, cancelled her after two days because he' isaid 'eh^ wasn't Aobog 
well. , . : • 

'Which makes "Scandals" and, the. Morris ofilce a couple of nuts. 



Richard Block, backstage doorman of tioew's American from the open- 
ing to the closing date, a matter of over 18. years, is now doorman at 
Loew's State, New Tork. . ' Block, probably the best known doorman' to 
the country, holds much sentimental regaird for the old American. 



Inside Stuff-Ugit 



The furniture and scenery from "Rockbound," produced by Michael 
Kalleeser, was given by Kallesser to Robert Sterling for "Decision" whlob 
opened at the 49th street last week. Critics reviewing the play recog- 
nized the set and nientioned it in the reviews. 

Since the New Tork producers have started a drive tor Sunday per- 
formances. Burns Mantle of the Dally News runs a box. Coupon ha* f 
two choices. 



Looks like Flo Zlegfeld is making a raid on the femme tappers .for 
his new "Show Girl" show. Most all the girls picked tor the chorus are 
up on the Capping stuff. And atop all this Zlegfeld has two of his prin- 
cipal women. Ruby Keeler (Mrs. Al Jolson) and Katherlne Herfor^ 
who just closed ln"Three Cheers." 
— Miss .Hftrf nrd^tiaa. jecond--JeM^.j>Iayfl..,pMaBlje^E<^^ 
Keeler playing Dixie Dugan, the show girl. Miss keeier is considered 
one of the fastest tappers in New Tork, -while Miss Herfprd is hot her^ 
self in the sahic department. 



Of the four hundrod and some odd thou-sands the Shuberts showed as 
their net in the last fifiCal year statement, around $300,000 of that came 
through the lease, of the 'Winter. Garden to the Warner Brothers lor 
pictures. The 'Warners guarantee the Shuberts a weekly rental againBt 
a percentage of . the Garden's gro.sn, i- . . .. 



48 



VARIETY 



L E G I TIM AT E 



Wednesday, June fi, 1928 



^IVisldng WeU'' Backers 
Miist Pay Off $6;582 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

J. A, BrehaiiT, Eidvance agent for 
•wishing Well," musical, and F. S. 
McFarland, producer, nearly came 
to blows In the course of an ar^- 
ment before Deputy State Labor 
Commissioner Lowy over the claim 
of Brehany for wages alleged due 
for 'Work on that show. Coromis- 
slonet allowed the claim of $200. 

Other claims, previously dis- 
puted and amounting to $1,114, were 
idmltted by Commissioner Lowy. 
earnest H. Geary, angel of the 
troupe, left his check for his pro- 
portionate amount of the new 
claims amounting to $467. 

Harriet . Bennett, femme lead, 
owned 68 shares of the 600 issued 
by McFarland Productions. Despite 
that she holds an agreement signed 
by McFarland, In which he assumes 
her share of the stockholders' Ila-. 
blllty, Lowy decided that she is 
liable for her share of the total' 
claims. 

Total wage claims against the 
show amount to $6,682. Qeary paid. 
his share of the entire amount, (2,- 
737. Miss Bennett gave the Labor 
Commissioner a personal note for 
90 days to cover $763. McFarland 
made no attempt to pay his share 
but asked a continuance for 10 days, 
which was granted. Commissioner 
Lowy stated, however, that unless ' 
McFarland payp by that time crim- 
inal proceeding will be brought 
against him for his share of the 
stockholders' liability, or $3,066. 



Carter Cast Award 



Cast of "The Shanghai Gesture," 
wlUch closed In Cleveland Feb. 27, 
-fdHowine! a knee Injury to Mrs. Lesr; 
lie Carter were awarded one-half 
week's salary from Seas & Toung,' 
the producing Arm, by an arbitra- 
tion committee consisting jof George 
.Roosevelt, I. H. Heric and KImer 
Grandin. 

M. S. Manhelm represented the 
producers while Emily Holt, of 
Equity counsel, appeared for the 
playera 



Morley's Co. Claims 

Cast of the "Black Crook" which 
closed in Hoboken last week is 
claiming one. and one-eighth week's 
salary due from the Hoboken The- 
atrical- Company, the producers, 
with a $1,900 bond up with Equity. 

The players were engaged as a 
stock company by Christopher Mor- 
ley and his associates, tt is claimed^ 
the contracts calling for nine .per- 
formances a week with a' weekly 
change of program. 

Instead the show ran for 12 weeks 
wfth Sunday performances, the cast 
seeking payment for nine extra 
matinees played. 



Sperry Sdls to Cantor 
As Jams Begin to Jell 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
David Cantor, local cut rate Im- 
presario' and producer of "Night- 
hawk," at the Orange Grove, was 
flqed $60 or 10 days in Jail by 
Municipal Court Judge Bogue tor 
violation of state labor law In pay- 
ing employees o£C with non-nego- 
tiable checks. Arrest was brought 
about on the complaints of Mar- 
garet Childers and Thelma Pipes, 
usherettes;, who held alleged rubber 
salary cbecks. Cantor pleaded 
guilty and Is also facing a charge 
of theft of labor by Bill Scott, l>usl- 
ness manager of the stage hajids* 
union, for giving a check for bond 
and immediately stopping payment 
on it 

EUwood Sperry, former partner of 
Cantor's, has sold out his share to 
Cantor for an unstated amount. 
"Nlghthawk" closed at the Orange 
Grove Saturday with a marshal in 
the bos office. Cantor expects to 
continue operating his cut rate tic- 
ket agency. 



Reframe "Messin*" 

The former "Messin' ' Around" 
colored show, produced by liouls 
Asqulth (white), has been revamped 
by ''Mule" Bradford (colored), one 
of the show's writers and rechrls- 
tened "Stoppln' Traffic." 

Bradford wants Ethel Waters to 
head -the show, and following a 
week at the I^ayette and the Gib- 
son . in Philadelphia, take It into 
Chicago, aimed for a summer stay. 



Failures of '28-79 



"Guns" 



"Song Writer" 
"He Understood Women" 
"Relations" 
"Gang War" 
"Big Pond" 
"Lido Girl" 
"Qoin* ^ome" 
"Money Lender" 
"Eva the Fifth" 
"Ringside" 
"Caravan" 
"Phantom Lover" 
"Heavy Traffic" 
"Great Power" 
"Luckee Girl" 
"Cross fVly Heart" 
"Big Fight" 
"Elmer the Great" 
-f'Chee-Chee" 
'"Adventure" 
"Fast Life" 
"By Request" 
"When Crummies Played" 
"Pbaseasion" 
"On Call" 
"Hot Bed" 
"These Days" 
"The Squealer" 
"Appearances" 
"Man's Estate" 
"He Walked in Her Sleep" 
"Myatery Square" 
"To-Night at 12" 
"Major Barbara" 
"Jealous Moon" 
^Rainbow" 
"Back Heme" 
. "piay Without a Name" 
"The Sacred Flame" 
"The Lady Lies" 
"Angela" 
"Three" 
ly? "8i nging Jailbirds" 
"Sign of the Leopard" 
"Lady of Orchids" 
"That Ferguson Family" 
"Potiphar's Wife" 
"Poppa" 
""Hdliwboat-on-the~8tyx.t. — - 
"Falataifr 
"One Way Street" 
"Sakura" 
"Dynamo" 
"My Girl Friday" 
"Flight" 

"the Broken Chain" 
"8ha Get What Sha Wanted" 
"Solltalra" 
'^ouHB AlaxaiMlar" 
"Buekaroe" 



"Command Performance" 
"Straight Thru the Doer" 
"Upa-A-Daisy" 
"Just a Minute" 
"Faust" 

"Light of Asia" 

"Common Sin" 

"Olympia" 

"Mr. Meneypenny" 

"Grey Fox" 

"Gods of Lightning" 

"Exceeding Small" 

"Girl Trouble" 

"Unknown Warrior" 

"Young Love" 

"Final Balance" 

"Americana" 

"These Few Ashes" 

"Crashing Thru" 

"Conflict" 

"Revolt" 

"The K Guy" 

"Tin Pan Alley" 

"Treasure Girl" 

"Man With Red Hati* 

"Before You're 2S" 

'^Reckbeund" 

"The Come-on Man" 

"Meastn' Around" 

"Congratulations" 

"The Firet Law" 

"Pansy" 

"Chinese O'Neil" 
"Back Seat 'Drivers" 
"To- Morrow" 
"Street Wolf" 
"Deep Harlem" 
"Guinea Pig" 
"Polly" 
"Vermont" 
"Skyrocket" 
"Gypsy" 

"House Unguarded" 
"Cafe de Danse" 
"Precious" 
"Merry Andrew" 
"Hot Water" 
"Judas" 
"Boom Boom" 
„ "Be Your Age" 
"All the 'KfnoVTffon"^ ---- 
"Floretta" 

"WhUpering Gallery" 

"The Town's Woman" 

"Indiscretion" 

"Security" 

"Elmer Gantry" 

"Zeppelin" 

"Carnival" 

"Trapped" 

"Muale in May" 




BOBBE ARNST 

Hovf playing at the Ambassadeurs 
In Paris. When in "Rosalie," Wal- 
ter Wlnchell said of her in the 
'Graphic": "Bobbe Amst Is a 
nymph of great charm and great 
talent. She is a cute sprite of fas 
clnating design and figure and she 
certainly luiows how to exact 
laughs." 

Direction 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1960 Broadway 



Arbitratipo Wins and 
Loses for Robinson 



Six Shows Out 



Six attractions are ofC Bi;.oad Way's 
list. Including two revivals and a 
brace of sudden endings last Sat 
urday. 

"Spring Is Here" will be with 
drawn from the Alvln at end of the 
-week, its 13th. Produced by Aarons 
and Freedley. Did fairly well for a 
time, getting as high as $30,000, then 
easing oft. 



SPRING IS HERE 
Opened Mareh 11. LiHell 
(Post) wrote: "Fresh and 
cheerful, better than, most of 
them." Anderson. . (Journal) 
found it "Only so-so." 

Variety (Abel) rated it mod- 
erate. 



"Chinese O'Neill,*? independently 
presented, withdrawn from the For- 
rest Saturday. Played a week and 
a half with no Indication It could 
moke the grade. 



CHINESE O'NEIL 
Opened May 27, Most of the 

major scribes away for the 

summer. 

Variety (Ibee) s^id: "Won't 

do." 



"Kibitzer," presented by Patterson 
McNutt, closed at the Royale last 
week after 16 weeks. 



KIBITZER 
Opened Feb. 18. Caught by 
the reserves. Variety (Ibee) 
said: "Impresses at appealing 
to cut rate trade." 



"And now you big bum, let's get 
together and put this thing over." 

That was the way the letter form 
of contract between Patterson Mc- 
Nutt who produced "Kibitzer" and 
Edward 6. Robinson, starred in it, 
concluded. It Indicates the cordial 
relations between manager and ac- 
tor before the show was put on. But 
afterwards things were different, 
McNutt blaming Robinson's many 
qulrlcs of temperament on a series 
of disagreements that culminated 
last week in an arbitration of the 
contract. 

Robinson was awarded the deci- 
sion, yet he lost because McNutt 
closed the show at the Royale and 
declares he will never send the 
show on tour with Robinson In it. 
George Sidney, who came on from 
the coast to replace Robinson, was 
rehearsing in the event the arbitra- 
tors found 'for the manager. 

The contract sets forth that Rob- 
inson Is to be starred In "Kibitzer" 
for the run of the play, on Broad- 
way or the road. A clause states 
that otherwise the regulations of 
the Equity standard run of the play 
contract are to be included. 

McNutt gave notice to Robinson 
that his services were not required 
after June 1, the date upon which the 
season is regarded as ended in Equity 
contracts. Robinson replied that his' 
was a special contract with no set 
date for seasonal ending. 

The arbitrators ruled with him 
although E. P. Hoes an attorney 
specializing in contracts voted for 
McNutt whom he represented in the 
arbitration. Hoes gave It as his 
opinion that the agreement was In- 
equitable. Alfred . E. Aarons acted 
for Robinson and R. H. Burnsids 
was the referee. Both the latter are 
fellow Lambs with Robinson. 

Under a salary and percentage of 
the gross arrangement Robinson is 
said to have gotten $17,000 during 
the 16-week run of "Kibitzer." Mc- 
Mutt's profit during that period was 
about $10,000, said to be slightly 
more than the production outlay. It 
was claimed that Robinson demand- 
ed a bigger percentage when the 
show went on tour. 

Picture Right* 
The proposed' sale of the picture 
rights entered into the argument. 
McNutt and three other co-authors 
agreed to selling, but Robinson who 
has been getting 20 per cent of the 
royalties, refused to sell. The man 
ager would get 60 per cent of such 
rights and the authors the other 
half, Robinson's share of the rights 
being 10 per cent. It was ruled by 
Joseph P. Bickerton, Jr., that a 10 
per cent royalty interest could not 
hold up the sale. 

"Kibitzer" was wrlten by Jo 
-Sy.erllngiJLaje r J- C. Nugent work 
ed on the script for wTiTcinie^gSt 
22% per cent of the royalties. Final 
ly revision was made by William 
McNutt, he getting a royalty bit of 
7% per cent. 

The show was first put on by 
John Golden, but withdrawn after 
an out-of-town showing. At the 
time Jack Lait proposed injunctive 
proceedings claiming the Idea for 
the show was based no one of his' 
short stories, '"The' Soul of a Heel." 



"Music In May," Shubert attrac- 
tion, will close at the Casino Sat- 
urday, 10th -week. 



MUSIC IN MAY 
Opened April 1. Garland 
(Telegram) opined: "Mighty 
good." 

Variety (Abel) said: "Can- 
not land for a run." 



"Mrs. Bumpatead-Leigb," revived 
at the Klaw, closed Satui-day. 



Cast Changes 

Marlon Swayne vice Dorothy Pet- 
erson, "Dracula," Chicago. Miss 
Peterson returning to her home in 
England. 

Stark Patterson, understudy of 
Eddie Tlemey in "Spring Is Here," 
will have the role regularly since 
Tiemey and his wife, Margy White, 
have gone to Hollywood. 

Blossom Seeley and Btony Fields, 
who were slated (or the Shuberts' 
new summer musical, "Broadway 
Nights," are remaining In vaude 
Indef. Tl)e, Shuberts have decided 
not to include them In the 'show, 
now in rehearsal. Odette Myrtll is 
tlie latest acquisition. 

The Shubert office is reported still 
angling for several other principals. 

Paul Kleeman replaces Edward 
Nell, Jr., "The New Moon." 

Hilda Manners replaces Bee Mo- 
rosco, "Tired Business Mali," 

Frank Sylvester Joins "Brothers," 
replacing William J. Kelly. 

Marjorle Martyn has replaced 
Wanda (Joll in "Hello Daddy." 



Satisfied Judgment 
Max R. Weiner, Slgmund Rom- 
berg and Welner-Romberg Corp.; 
G. B. Read, June 12, 1922, $1,089. 



Hitchcock's Dhess Closes 
n Chicago 



Chicago. June 4, 
"Tour Undo Dudley," new Ray- 
mond Hitchcock show, dosed Tues- 
day at the Illinois after two per- 
formances, when Hitchcock was or- 
dered to remain in St. Luke's hos- 
pital for heart trouble and gastritis. 
His condition Is so run down he win 
be unable to reappear until fall. 

'When the show opened Sunday 
after a tryout In Grand Rapids, 
Hitchcock was quite wobbly. Mon- 
day night he had become so weak 
he was unable to climb stairs, and 
changed the script so that all stair 
climbs would be Invisible. Critics 
commented on his gameness in 
playing despite poor 'health. 

"Tour Uncle Dudley" received 
good notices, and advance buy lndl« 
cated a moderate run for the sum- 
mer. 

Hitchcock is under the care of 
Dr. N. B. Carroll at St. Luke's. 

Flora Zabelle (Mrs. Hitchcock) 
came from New Tork to remain 
with her ^usband during his stay 
at the hospital. 



ENGAGEMENTS 

Betty Bassett, "Show Oin." 
BUeen Healy, "VaniUes." 
Helen Luber, J. Anthony Hughes, 
Elmer Grandin, Florence Gerald, 
Mary Clark, "Show Girl." 
Roy Gordon, "New Moon" (Chi* 
cago). , 
'Vhrglnla Case, "Show Boat." 
Phelps Sisters, Carroll show. 
Charles Purcell, Roberta Beatty, 
Gladys Feldman, "Right Oft the 
Boat" 

Oatenby Bell. "Her Friend the 
King." 

Sam Rose, Fannie Cotton, McLaln 
Twins, Jennie Salmons, Billie Cor- 
tez, Ruth Kryder, "Bomboola," 

Ada May, "Follow Thru" (English 
Co.). 

Frank Famum, "Keep It Clean." 
Doris Carson, "Show Girl." 
Dorothy Carroll, "Vanities." 

Fiitore Plays 

"First Mortgage," drama by Louis 
Weltzenkorn, Sunday editor of the 
New Tor'k World, will be produced 
In October by the Producers Cen« 
tral Bureau. 

"Borrowed Love," by Bide Dud- 
ley, produced by John Osborne 
Clemens, is in rehearsal. Mary 
Fowler in cost. 

"The Monkey Without a Tail," by 
Reginald Goode, sold to Milton 
Hendricks. A. B. Anson In leauL 
Douglas Ross, director. 

"The Showman." Joe Laurie, Jr., 
win reappear In this musical, which 
he wrote with Paul Gerard Smith. 
Casting starts July L 

"Adam's Apple," by Test Dalton. 
produced by John J. Kelly, staged 
by Charles D. Pitt Cast, Charles 
Kennedy, Helen Holmes, Stxuiley 
Price, Percy Kilbride, Richard 
Thornton, Loralne Lally. 

"Her Friend the King," by A. E. 
Thomas and Harrison Rhodes. Due 
In New Tork In October. Rehearsals 
begin In August. WUllam Faver- 
sham, star. Produced by C. William 
Morganstem and Antrim Short 

"Keep It Clean," produced by Will 
Morrlsey. Opens June 17 'at the 
Times Square. Cast includes James 
Dufty, Mldgle MlUer, Gene OUver, 
Jim Harklns, Jimmy Carr's orches- 
tra and Markert Girls. 



Successes of '28-'29 



"Vanities" 

"Front Pager 

"Good Boy" 

"The High ReaiT 

"New Moon" 

"Little Accident" 

"I*aris" 

"Courage" 

"Held Everything" 

"Three Cheers^ 

"Animal Cracker*" 

"This Ypar of Grace" 

"Holiday" 



"Congai" 
"Perfect, Alibi" 
"Age of' Innocence" 
"Wheopae" 
"Caprice" 
"Follow Thru" 
"Street Scene" 
"Pleasyre Bound"' 
"Let Ua Be 'Gay" 
"Journey's End" 
"Bird in Hand" 
"The Little Show" 



Intermediate Successes 

(MODERATE RUNS) 

"Gentlemen of Press" "Red Robe" 

"Machinal" "Kingdom of God" 

"VVhite Lilacs" "Marriage Bed" 

.iU.'?*^* "Serena Blandish" 

"Thui, Thing .CaU«d_ Love" "Lady Fingers" 

"War Song" "Klbit-ier""^ — 

"Jarnegan-- "Spring Is Here" 



"Billie" 
"Hello Yourself" 
"Most Immoral Lady" 
"Wings Over Europe" 
"Mima" 
"Jealousy" 
"Brothers" 
"Hello, Daddy" 



"Harlem" 
"Meet the Prince" 
"Jonesy" 

"Camel Thru Needle's Eye" 

"Love Duel" 

"Grand Street Folliss" 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 







Drantatk Cntks' Standing 



At the finish of Variety's sixth 
annual Ik>x scor« on dramatic 
critics^ Robert 'Llttell, formerly of 
the weekly, Kew RepuhHc^ and a 
newcomer with the opening of the 
38-29 season to dally crltlclBm, 
takes first place for the B\'ening 
Post with a spifFy percentage of 
4109. 

. St. John E^lne, had he com- 
pleted a full season as guiest-crltlc 
of the morning World, would have 
been a contender for . first place 
which he held through the Inter- 
seasonal scores. Ervine rated .815 
on 66 shows reviewed at the time 
of his return-to London In March. 

J. Brooks. Atkinson (Times), win- 
ner of last year's box score. Is run- 
ner-up this season, coming within 11 
points of Lilttell's percentage. Close- 
ly following Atkinson's .798 areWln- 
chiell (Graphic) with .790, Anderson 
(Journal) with .788 and Gabriel 
(Sun) with .786. 

Top percentages this year are 



a break in being able to stick be- 
yond normal expectations on their 
grosses. Others were forced ' or 
caiTled along' by cut rates, picture 
rights or dark house outlook, 

Vaj-ioty In arriving at its classi- 
fications within the three general 
groups, failures, moderates and 
hits, continues as formerly to ac- 
cept a 12-week run as the gauge of 
.moderate success^ This rule Is flex- 
ible and subject to consideration of 
known Influences or unusual hook- 
ups. As an example, "That Fer- 
guson Family" which ran 17 weeks 
and "My Girl Friday" which ran 
15 weeks are not grouped under 
successes. Similarly "Mima" which 
probably did . not pay ofC its enor- 
mous production Investment Is list- 
ed as a moderate success, through 
doing business for a while at un- 
usually high dramatic scale. 

A handful of shows opening dur- 
ing May are not Included in the 
final score, having had insufllcient 



Variety's Box-Score Winners 

SR. R. W. O. Pet. 

'23-'24— CRAIG (Mall) 78 53 19 6 .877 

'24-'2S— POLLOCK (B'klyn Eagle) ^7 73 24 .. .753 

'2S-'26^ABRIEL (Sun) 109 90 18 1 .826 

'26-'27— GABRIEL (Sun) 106 90 16 .. .857 

•27-'28— ATKINSON (Times) 94 81 12 1 .862 

•2a.'29— LITTELL (Post) 80 72 16 1 .809 



somewhat lower than the winning 
tallies lost June. Whereas the four 
ranking critics in 27-28 were over 
JiOO but one; Uttell, Is in the roof 
garden division with the present 
final tabulation. 

Statistically the season just closed 
represents a lessening of produc- 
tion activity. Variety's- box score 
lists all new attractions opening 
on Broadway during the season 
from about Aug. 16 to June 1. There 
were 176 openings so recorded dur- 
ing 28-29 as against 199 the previ- 
ous season and 182 and 184 respec- 
tively for 26-27 and 25-26. 

63 Hits Out of 176 Shews 

It has been a season of squawk- 
ing although actually the percent- 
age of successes compared to the 
total production activity Is about 
normal. Of the 175 attractions 
listed by Variety, 122 were flops,. 
26 full successes and 28 intermedi- 
ate successes. lu other words, 63 
clicks out of 176 trys. 

No question that unusual con- 
ditions have prevailed in the -dra- 
matic sector. Lack of available at- 
tractions and persisting quota of 
dark theatres throughout the .sea- 
son has given some of the shows' 



opportunity to demonstrate. l^Ul- 
Ingham's "Stepping Out" appears to 
be the only one among this half 
dozen with any chance, of sticking. 
° 3;t No Opinion* 
No opinion column holds . 81 de- 
merits this season. Exact number 
as last year but with dltference that 
the total is now more generally 
distributed. WInchelt (Graphic) and 
Gabriel (American) are. alone' In' 
keeping themselves free from the 
If-and-marbe reviews during 1928- 
29. 

Besides Idttell on the Post. Gar- 
land (Telegram) and Lockrldge 
(Sun) are newcomers this season 
to the critical corps. Winchell with 
his switch to the Mirror will irevlew 
for that sheet in place of Robert 
Coleman. Matter of Shubert bar- 
ring unknown at this time. Louis 
iSobol will probably write the 
Graphic notices henceforth. Sobol 
was set by Graphic principally for 
Shubert shows while Winchell was 
■on that sheet It suggested instruc- 
tion for Sobol on reviewing. If It 
continues the Oraphlc will be 
'dropped from the box. 

Variety's dramiatic box score will 
be resumed as usual in the fall. 



Box Score for '27-28 



Key to the abbreviations: 8R (shows reviewed); R (right); 
W (wrong); O (no opinion expressed); P6t.' (percentage). 



Score of May 26, 1928 



ATKINSON ("Times"). 



MANTLE (''News") 

08B0RN ("Eve. World") . . 
W06LLC0TT ("World"). 
HALL ("Telegram") 



SR. 


R. 


W. 


O. 


Pet. 


94 


81 


12 


1 


.882 


96 


79 


16 




,832 


92 


76 


17 




.816 


91 


74 


17 




,813 


111 


86 


2S 


1 


.765 


103 


73 


21 


9 


.709 


89 


61 


15 


13 


.673 


42 


2S 


12 


6 


.596 



VARIETY'S OWN SCORE 



I BEE (Pulaski).. 
ABEL (Green)... 



SR. 


R. 


W. 


O. Pot 




172 


27 


.814 


.. 65 


61 


4 


.938 


.. 44 


39 


6 


.. .886 



(This score basecl on 199 openings) 



Jolson 



Al JoliiQn reached New York this 
wfeek. 

He win probably remain east until 
his wife, Ruby Keeler, opens with 
Zlegfeld's "Sliow Girl" In the title 
role. That premiere Is set for June 
17, eitlier in Philadelphia or Boston. 



Negro Shows Impend— 

Another flock of Negro shows Is 
heading for Broadway. 

"Hot Chocolates" is scheduled for 
the Hudson, Juno 10. "Bomboola" 
Is due at the Uberty, June 17. "The 
Jazz Regiment" will play a Shubert 
house, according to report. "Dark- 
town Affairs" Is listed to open at 
the. Princess, N. Y., soon. 



PRODUCERS, YES, 




Lee Shubert Had Agreed 
With Pathe to Pot Up 
$1,000,000 Each-^ Three 
Week* Before Legits Re- 
membered Dramatists' 
Guild's Basic Agreement 
— Plajrwrights* Final Say 
on Picture Rights 



NEGOTIATIONS ALL OFF 



After three weeks of lawyers, 
mostly these for the Bhuberts, writ- 
ing and rewriting contract for a 
new company known the Allleil 
Producers, to tnelude Pathe as pic- 
ture producers with the Shuberts 
and other legit* as play makers. It 
was found the legits could net de- 
liver the authors. 

That broke off all of the negotia- 
tions. They are not apt to be re- 
sumed by Pathe unless the Shu- 
berts can guarantee the playwrights 
who have the final word o'n picture 
rights sales flo with the deal. That 
is also unlikely. 

It was the nearest to a wedding 
of the stage with the screen that 
has yet appeared. Itee Shubert 
agreed to put up' $1,000,000 in cash 
with Jos. P. Kennedy (Pathe) to do 
the same, as the Initial capital of 
the Allied Producers. Kennedy held 
conferences with. Shubert, also other 
B'way legit producers, including 
Arthur Hopkins. Sam H. Harris, 
Arthur Hammersteln and Wlnthrop 
Ames. 

An agreement was drawn by Ken- 
nedy's' attorneys, covering the vital 
points. Among these was a clause 
that the legits concerned could buy 
In on the picture proflts by Invest- 
ing one half of the Pathe production 
cost. Pathe was to make the play 
production at Its own cost, and to 
take one-quarter of any profit from 
It Each legit was to stage at least 
six piays annually. 

Pathe also bad the choice of 
selection of scripts tor plays, with 
the picture to be made by the orig- 
inal stage cast In the Pathe studio 
In New Tork while the play re- 
mained current. 

Time on Details . 

Considerable time bad been spent 
on details, to the extent of con- 
ferences with the bankers behind 
each concern, Blair and Company 
for Pathe and Seligman and Com- 
pany for the Shuberts. When every- 
thing seemed set, the Shuberts 
lawyer thought he would rewrite 
the Instrument. He kept on rewrit- 
ing untU someone of the legits re- 
called the agreement with the. 
Dramatists Guild of the Authors 
League. 

The Basic Minimum Agreement 
between the managers and the 
Dramatists speciflcally establishes 
the ownership of picture rights to 
all plays and stage productions as 
belonging to the airthor. The pro- 
ducer retains 60 per cent, of the 
proceeds of the sale of such rights, 
as In the past, but actual owner- 
ship permits the playwrights to de- 
termine to whom rights shall be 
sold and to agree or. the price to 
be paid for picture rights. 

The play-ownership clause was 
regarded as one of the most im- 
portant phases in the Basic Agree- 
ment and was originally designed 
to eliminate abuses charged against 
managers by authors. 

To correct . that an arbiter ( Jo- 
ser)K"K BlcEeriojnr" JKT^Tarocff -on' 
all sales of plays for ' the screen. 
Only a change in the agreement 
through consent of the <3uild would 
I)Gi-mit the stage and screen com- 
bination. 

The plan proposed by Joseph P. 
Kennedy acting for Pathe wa.s con- 
sidered the best so far for the legits 
for an afflllatlon with the screen. 



Eddie Cantor No Panic at Home, but 
Hes Nice--Hoping to Get Ne^ Gags 



By Ruth Morris 

_ — ■ — _ — 



QUS HUL SUED JOHN B. 



Gus Hill failed to appear in 
the West Side Municipal Court 
Monday to prosecute his action 
against John R. Rogers to re- 
cover t300 for alleged borrowed 
money. 

John R. was there, though 
and burning. Judge dismissed 
the action. 

John, 84, had a bundle of 
papers. He wanted to show 
them to the court and also tell 
what he knows and thinks 
about Ous HilL John R. would 
have acted' as bis own attorney. 

What John R. thinks he 
knows about Gus If only £0 
per cent so and probably 99 
per cent would have squared 
that 1300, even if John R. had 
lost the case. 

"Tours Merrily," John Rogers 
wrote Hill, , saying Hill's "office 
had been reduced from an en-. 
tire floor to a telephone booth." 

That's when Gus burned. 



Two Local Art Gronps 
On Commercial Basis 



Syracuse, N. T., June 4. 

Sponsored by the Syracuse The-, 
atre Guild, now in the process of 
organization, the Elmpire Flayers, 
with Ralph Murphy as managing di- 
rector, win open a 12 weeks* stock 
season at the former Klaw and Er- 
langer legitimate theatre oh'Jtme 10 

The first blU win be 'diplomacy." 
and If negotiations now under -way 
are successful William Faversham 
win appear as guest star in the 
piece. 

The nucleus for the new«ompany 
win come from the personnel' of 
the Murphy-Brown Players, whose 
eight-week season closed at the 
Wletlng a week ago. 

The E^mplre Players will' he ' es-. 
sentlally a civic enterprise, backed 
by a coterie of - local drama lovers 
who will form the group upon which 
the new Theater Guild will be 
erected. Murphy enters the picture 
only as managing director. 

While the 1929 season at the Em- 
pire will run but 12 weeks, the con- 
tract with the Central ' City Empire 
Theatre Corporation, holding the 
lease, calls for a flve-year annual 
period of 20 weeks. The Empire 
thus becomes the local home of 
stock until 1934. Films wHl con- 
tinue to be the Sunday policy there 
during the summer, and the house 
will revert to pictures for the fall 
and winter. 



Baltimore, June 4. 

The Vagabonders, Baltimore's 
Little Theatre group- and the second 
oldest in the country, broke into big' 
time by leasing the Auditorium, 
late home of Shubert legit. Here 
they staged three weeks ;;0f dra- 
matic repertoire a la the N. Y. The- 
atre Guild and made money, their 
net profit topping $3,000. 

The group is ambitious to become 
the nucleus of a local dramatic rep- 
ertory theatre, and the big theatre 
venture was by way of a test- Ford's 
Theatre here was frequently dark 
during the best months last winter. 



SAM EIN6SI0H CBinCAL 

The condition of Samuel King- 
ston, gen. mgr. tor Flo Ziegfeld, re- 
mains critical. 

Stricken with epidemic meningitis 
he-was-taken-f rom his -home- to the 
Presbyterian hospital, New York, 
early last week. For over 10 days 
Mr. Kingston has been in a comn, 
conscious but for a moment .several 
days ago., 

Spcclalliits were again called in 
for consultation . yesterday but 
whether tUcy cxpresMcd hope of his 
recovery was not stated. 



Mrs. Eddie Cantor sat plunged in 
thought. 

"Of Just what value. If any. Is 
Eddie around the home?" she had 
been- asked. "How funny Is this 
funny guy on his days off?" 

Days off, St appears, are his otf'- 
days. The comic, Eddie, Is not 
such a hot sketch In the bosom of 
his family. He sleeps all morning, 
forcing' the Cantor girls to practice 
tip-toe routines, since if s a serious 
matter if The Cantor beauty sleep 
is disturbed. In the afternoon he 
rises and springs a few gags to 
keep in training, 

EMdIe's a complete wash-out 
tinkering with the radio, static be- 
ing his favorite station. 

Mrs. Cantor explained that de- 
spite her husband doesn't do any- 
thing useful, he hangs around the 
house quite a lot. But the family 
doesn't mind it so much as they've 
built a new 16-room house for the 
special purpose of hiding Eddie. 

"We don't encourage him to' bo 
funny at home," - explained Mrs, 
Cantor, "It's bad for the servants. 
I lost my best cook that way once. 

"As a treat Eddie got her a seat 
to see him In "Kid Boots.' Up to that 
time she. had been a good servani-^ 
and was almost respectful to'bim. " 
But after she saw Eddie knocked 
around' on the stage by. the entire 
cast, she wouldn't take an order' 
from him. Even iii front of conif^ 
pany she'd laugh in his face. ■ 

"So now, we try to keep the fact 
that he's a comedian from the ser- 
vanta We tell them he's a teacher' 
In night school," 

Mra Cantor revealed her pride in 
Eddie's career as an actor. Its 
greatest advantage is that he meets ' 
a. lot of famous people whom he' 
persuades to sign his daughters'' 
autograph albums. The only signal 
ture they don't want 1b Elddle's. 
Eddie's Cutsness 
"Did he walk the floor with them 
wheji they were babies?" 

"Humph," came the expressive 
reply. "That'a where my Eddl»< 
showed how smart he la Each 
time one of our chlldi;en was 
scheduled to arrive be arranged to 
be away on- tour. By the time he" • 
niet his child, it was all over hav- 
ing croup- and coUc." 

Elddle la nics to his children be- 
cause he never knows when one of 
them may give him a good gag. 
Quite recently Mrs. Cantor caught 
him collaboratbig with Marjorle on' 
a sketch for the new Carroll show. 
UnUl his wife put a stop to It. It 
was a common sight to see Eddie* 
calling the kids away from their 
home-work with: "Children, come 
downstairs and help Papa write a 
new black-out. 

Mrs. Eddie stated that the Can- 
tor Home for Girls Is rui> on a 
strictly modem scale. There la- 
nothing that cannot be discussed' 
in front of the chfldren. 

"Eddie used to spell the things' 
he didn't want the chfldren to hear,"' 
said Mrs. Cantor, "but after a while'' 
the girls started to correct hi* 
spelUng." 

"It's going tQ be a bit difficult 
when Eddie retires," she said with 
a somewhat worried look. "Well' 
have to find, something to keep him 
busy around the house. Maybe 
we'll be able to talk him into being 
a stamp coUector or a traveling- 
salesman." 



NOT ODE TICKET SOLD 

Not a single ticket was sold last;' 
Thursday (Memorial Day) night foi^ 
"She Got What She WanUd," at; 
Wallack's. 

The show blew Up Friday, as fa-.i- j 
as New York was concerned, after 
13 weeks. 

George E. Wlnfz Is the main' 
owner of the Wallack show. 



**Variety" for Summer 
Subscribed' <' Variety" 

over the Summertime 
Throe Months . 
JUNE. JULY AND AUGUST 

FOR $2 



50 



variety; 



L E GITIM A T E 



Wednesday, June S, 1929 



EQUI1Y MINIMUM CONTRAer 



■ •■ (Coit'tlnued' from pa-ge' 6> • ' " • ' •■ 

before or after the flat© iSpaoined . in .the first blu'nlc of 3 (a), then the 
aate when such worjt bQglna shall replnoe-the date- lnsortod in said blank, 
and thla contract throughout shall be -construed 'acbordingly. 
■" ■ Equity SK6p' ' 

4. The Producer admits that he has notice that the Actor is a member 
Of the ACTORS' EC^UITT ASSOpiATiON (hereinafter called "BQUITT"); 
and as such Is. bound to conforija t^o Its lawful rules fend icegulatlons, and 
that It Is a lawful rule and regulation of the Association that, as far as 
the Producer herein Is concerned, tlie Actor Is to worlt only in companies 
operated by the Producer: — 

(a) When all members of said company or of any company or com- 
panles controlled or operated by the Producer herein, who speak a 
line or do work on the stage, set or location of an Individual char- 
acter or nature, are members of Equity In good standing, and con- 
tinue to be such during the term hereof; and 

(b) When the Producer has fully performed -and is fully perform- 
ing the covenants In.ealch employment contract • with each Equity 
actor In each of his companies'; ' . 

(c) And the Producer further agrees .tlmt the Actor shall not be 
required to work hereunder In vlblatjton- of said rule or other lawful. rule 
of said Association, and that,t6 the Sull-. extent to .which this agreement 
is lawful, all actors In the company ih which the Actor.is employed- shall 
be and shall continue to be throughout the term hereof, members of 
EQUITY, except such actors as are nqw undo;; existing bona- flde con- 
tracts entered into With the PrCducer prior to jhe, fifth day of JIine, 1929, 
whose term of employment shall extend beyond the 'Starting date, It 
being understood that In case Equity Is duly' notified of saliji contracts 
the Actor hereln -may work'ln a'caflt In •nrhlch such contracting actors 
are employed, ;durlng the unexplrsa term'of their cbnttact or "contracts. 

(d) A palftrup <!a^d shall, bi9,.p^lnja facie itrVldehce of fiqiilty Member- 
ship, good until the jprdducer lp.ANtherwIse notified by Equity. ' ^ 

■ - . .'Dutiesi'of jth'e 'Acto'i' ;'' '. 

5. The Actor agrees t6"be jii-'didpt'tn 'appearing, tor 'work as required 
by the Producer; to' perform hlS' serVlpes herein la.a conscjentjous and 
painstaking manner ;.ito abide- by-' the:'reausofiable"stMlo rules aiid regula- 
Uons of the Producer, 'Whtch rtrtea to .he, finding on tlje Actor must be 
duly posted. In conspicuous <places and ,.prevlpusly..a°ppEayed by . EQUITY, 
and the Actor further expressly agf-ees during, the term ■ hereof hot to 
render services to any other 'person, flrm or cofpor^tJon unless otherwise 
agreed In writing. " 

Us« of ActdK* Name and P,i.qtur« ,fpr,.Pub,lic!ty 

6. The Actor agrees tha;t th!e Ptodiieer shall have the right to use and 
give publicity to his na)ne find ' itkei^esa;. photographic- or otherwise,- but 
in connecUon solely with thei ■'distribution and exploitation of the picture 
hereinbefore mentioned, and- to - atithorlze:: distributors and exhibitors 
so to do. ' ■ ! ■■ • ' 

Voice Substltuttan Requires ActoKs^ens«nt 

7. The Producer will not Us©, or petrmlt't6 't>e used, 6i'hy alien or substi- 
tute voice for that of the Acto>i* heteln, m the recbrdtttioh-'of "the oaid 
Actor's part in sald^lcture;' -Except with the Actor^s .written consent 
Indorsed hereon. -' ■•■• ' • ' • 

1 8. All notices hereunder by either party shall 'be given in person or by 
mailing the same to the above' bpecifled reispetitivj^ addresses.' 

Dang«>rou8'. .Work 

'9. The Actor does not. contract. hereby to undertake employment of a 
hazardous pr dangerous nattipe'nnle^r.he^ otherwise speeifloally consents 
^ In 'writing hereon. . 

10. Any and all disputes ^nd/or corttroveYsies- arlslhg aihder or out of 
or in connection with or relating^ to or'-.regarding an felteged' breach' of 
this agreement' (including any' dispute and/or controversy as to tiie 
meaning or construmiph of thfs 'ilgrtettBrtt' ot' any tfsCrt^'hereof) shall' be' 
settled • and/or • determined, by ■aifl)itrattOrt='undei: the rules' of the' American 
Arbitration Assotrfatlph, a'id fc' fejUy Isttltie whete it may legafly be done, 
judgihent undn"einy .^ward tendered i ihay he Entered' IW any 'court. State 
or Federal. (See Bnle Ql), ." , \ 

11. If It Bhalt at fehy ■tliiiie,,apppar t^at any v&ti, clause' (ir Bubdivlslon of 
. this agreement or Q'|:sald rules; id^nvaltd;' Illegal. dp uneiiforcable by either 

oi* both of th© ■pttrtlei'd; Such liivttlldlt!jr;'"illiSgalI:tjf or une'htorciblllty shall 
apply only 'tp such paxt|,.c'lau^4'.pr s^b'dl'r^lMon, '(iiid th^ 'renialnder of this 
contract shall- be'.'in iCull :forde a)id : effect, and shall be construed aa a 
whole. .■',■■' ■'' 

12. This a^r^emeni shall "be .suhjdct' 'to,' be construed "by, and ail the 
rights of the parties hier^eto shall be Id6tcirttined t>y the Taws of the State 
of New York.. , . . l "''' 

m '^Vl'TNESS - WpEREOF" the: pfirtle^ hereto have hereunto signed 
their names the day. and year.fl^^t abovis '^rltteji. . . 



Producer 



Actor 



Extension of; Employment 

A. The Producer agrrees at Jea'et sevehty-twb. hours before .the end of 
the guaranteed period hereinbefore set forth in clause 3 (b) to give the 
Actor written notice of the length of t'liqe bis 'services shall or will be 
further required beyond said j^uferanteed 'pe'rlod, and which In no event 
shall he beyond the term hereof asi'mentloned In paragraph 3 (a), and 
upon falling 80 to do the term of the eniitloytnent of the- aforesaid Actor 
shall terminate at'th© end. of the gularanteed ©ipployment liereln. 

Suspension of Production ^ 

B>-If the production of said. picture be prevented, suspended, or post 
poned (hereinafter called "Suspens^n" or "Postponement") during the 
course of production:-— i ' ' '~ 

(1) by reason of fire, ac{:ldent, rlbt, act of';(j)o>d, tlie fitibllc eneniy., or 
government executive order... (hereinafter calied (!fause' 'AA) ' no salary 
shall be paid, the Actor for .th© first iweek of stlch suspension. 

(2) by reason of Illness of any otjher member of -the cast (except the 
Actor) or of the director (heceiixpiftec-caUed,Qi.u8e,BB).full salary.. shall 
be. paid the. Actor for the fljjBt w.e©k pfC ,sjicVsu^peneion2 ' ; ' . 

(3) During saji.d first, week > of. suspen8'(on"'f or dauses and BB, the' 
producer shall notify the Actor In writing whether he will abandon the 
production 'or further postpone It. ' 

- Abandonment- of . ^foduoiioit 

(4) In the event of abandonment |(1) for .cause' AA, Uie'lPr6ducer shall 
pay the Actor all amounts due to'^ate, plus diie-hdlf df 'any halaiibe, but 
not to exceed one week's salary, due under the minimum guaranty-; - (2) 
for cause BB the Producer shall pay the Actor' for all services to date, 
plus one-half of any balance due on the minimum guaranty. 

Salary During- Suspension - 
(6) If said production Is postponed for either causes AA or BB, the 
Producer shall pay the Actor one-half salary for each week of postpone 
ment (after said first week) for a period not to exceed five weeks, and 
thereafter full salary. No postponement shall be for a period which would 
extend the term of this contract beyond the end of the term hereof as 
St forth in paragraph 3 (a). 

Salary If Production Is Abandoned . 

(6) The Producer naay terminate this contract at any time during* post 
ponemeht on account of Cause BB by paying the Actor all' sums due to 

— date.jatJtfinislnatlon and_'in addition one-half the balance, if any, of the 
minimum guaranty'W'sef1f51TO'*iiri5arngra'plr 3BrTvhlch"s 
one week's pay» iunless the guaranteed' period shall terminate prior to one 
week; -then the- additional payment shall equal the amount of the unpaid 
balance of the guaranty. 

The Producer ihay terminate this contract at any time during post 
poneinent for Cause AA by paying- the 'Actor all sums due to date of 
termination, but for his. total sek-vicfes hereunder the Actor must In thot 
event, Artd In any case, receive or have received at least one week'9 salary. 
■ : : Illness of 'Actor 

(7) If the Actor Is sick and unable to perform, .lien he shall receive 
: no 6aiary -f or -th© time so lost If the Actor. remains sick and unable to 
render servieeis for one continuous weeR- nft^r being called upon so to do 
liy the Producer, then it shall be .optlonhl with the Producer to cancel 



this contract Equity, in its discretion, may shorten this term e,nd shall 
have the right to have a physical -'e|xamlnatIon made of th©:' |Actbr by a 
doctor appointed -hy. -it, - ■ ; 

Retakes ei< "Trailers" " ' ' 

C. :.If after -thq.exptcatlon ^Qf ithe.term hereof the Producer shall desire 
the services, of /ttiet Actor in,, making retakes or "trailers" of or for the 
picture ih which the Actor, ia. employed, the Actor agrees to render such 
services Ih 'cohhectiori th'drewith as and when the Producer may request 
unless the 'Actor 'Is otherwise 6'ihployed, but it 'otherwise employed, the 
Actor 8ha3l iid far' aa''practicable- co-operate In good faith in the photo- 
graphing iand/or voice recoi^datlon of such retakes or "traileru,"- Service 
in connection .with said retakes or "tralle.ra'.'- shall ..be at 'the sajme' rate. of 
compensation and upon the same terms as' provided for herein, ' said- 
compensation to be paid only for the days on which the Actor is actually 
so;.emp)oye(^ liicludlng travel time as Tiereln provided, except that the 
Actor "shall receive a minimum of eight hours of pay for each, day on' 
which he is called for retakes, or ."trailers," with time and one-half -fdr 
overtime. Should, however, the Producer dismiss the Actor and later 
recall him for the taking of alleged retakes which are in reality added' 
scenes, postponed sequences or scenes which should have. be©n taken lii 
their sequential order, he shall pay to the Actor as compensation iat' the 
rate of three tlm.es his weekly salary (plus overtime allowances) provided 
for in this agreement or pro rata, and payment shall be continuous from 
the time he begins work until said work Is finished, 

D. If the Actor, Clothes 

(1) -b© a man, he shall furnish and pay for his conventional tiaoriiing, 
afternoon and evening clothes, customarily worn by civilians .of the:Pr,es- 
ent.day.ln .this count^ry, together with footwear necessarily appurteiiant 
thereto. . All .other .footwear, costumes, wigs, clothes, appurtenances and 
'Iproii'erties,"- including those peculiar to any trade, occupatlon-dr sport, to 
bo furnished by the Producer. 

(2) be a woman, all wigs, gowns, hats, footwear, and all "properties" 
shall be furnished by the Producer. 

.Loss or Damage to Wardrob© 

(3) Loss, theft or ddiliage to personal wardrobe, etc., ahpve specified 
in D;(l).a^slng durlns the course of employment of the Actor herein,' or 
through. lack pf.,due care on the part of the Producer, shall be paid for by 
the Producer', to the Actor. 

.Termination of Contract Prior to Starting Date 

£. Tiie Producer may terminate this contract prior to perfdrn^anc'e by 
.the Actor by "written notice given at least fourteen days prior to date 
stated in 3> (ti)' 'by simultaneously with the giving of said notice paying to 
the Actor full salary for one-half the guaranteed period, which snail .be 
at letist one full week's salary. 

Claimi .Must Be Reported.to Equity. . 

F. In order that all producers shall stand on an equal footing, the'Actor. 
Is obligated under Equity rules to report to Equity any failure to', pbserve 
any of its. rules or to report any claim, grievance or dispute arising here- 
under, and 'to file a statement thereof with Equity within four Weeks -of 
the final termination of his employment hereunder, unless Equity other- 
wise' directs. The consent of Equity shall be necessary to the prosecu- 
tion or arbitration Of any -such claim, grievance or dispute. 

Forty-eight Hour* Basic Week 

O. Forty-eight hours work, rendered on week days, shall constitute 
a week's work and, except as herein provided, one forty-eighth of the 
Actor's weekly salary shall be paid tor each hour of overage. A wfe.ek's 
work shall 'be paid for even though forty-eight hours work is 'not pro- 
vided. I Sunday, work la obligatory only where lawful. All ^computations 
are to be made on a calendar wee.k basis, i. e., Sunday midnight to Satur- 
day 'midnight inclusive. If the Actor Is called to work ou any -day he 
shall be entitled to a minimum credit of four hours even though he works 
a leaser number or not at all. '~ 

' ^ Computation of Hours 

'Working hours shall be computed as follows: 

At Studio 

(1) AT THE STUDIO, between the time when the Actor Is required to 
report and/or .Vmade. up" in accordance - with notice from the Producer, 
and'liis final dismissal for the day. 

On Studio Location 
(3) ON STUDIO IiOC AT?I0N (operating with the studio as ; a dally 
base) i' between tlie time the Actor is notified that he shall be ready -to 
leave the STUDIO for LOCATION, and the time of his return .by-.- the 
Producer to the- STUDIO. The Producer agrees to furnish suitable trans-, 
portatlon- facilities to- and ftom LOCATION and STUDIO, also meals. 
In case the Actor uses transportation facilities other than -that' provided 
by the Producer, the time is to be computed according tv the time: the 
Company is .called at' the STUDIO for departure and the time of the 
return of th© Company and/or the studio car to the STUDIO. : 
On Resfdent Location 
(3) <^N RESIDENT LOCATION (operating where the studio is-not a 
daily base and/or place of operation Is -other than place of employment). 

X.'iaji 'Between the time the A6tor is required to be transported and his 
arrival <kt th© towh/or place of resident LOCATION; and 

(Sb) After arrival at resident LOCATION, between the time the Actor 
is ndtifled to be re«idy to leave his hotel or lodgings and the time of 'his 
return to said hotel or lodgings. Producer shall furnish Actor transpor- 
tation from. place of employment and return. Including baggage;- also 
parlor car and/or berth wherever practical. 

En Route— Transportation— Accommodations — Meals 
(8c) On continuous trips of twenty-four hours or over, twentjr-four 
hours travel shall be construed the same as eight hours work, including. 
Sundays, and more than twenty-four hours travel shall be pro. rated 
accordingly. 

(3'd) The Producer shall furnish suitable transportation facilities .tp,.Ura 
frodi resident location and Actor's hotel or lodgings; also hotel acconk'n^O" 
datlons and meals; also transportation to and from work, with meals. 

(3e) Between time of leaving resident location and arrival at place ^ 
employment 

Working Hours Continuous 

H, Working hours shall be computed on a continuous hourly basis, 
e:f:cept that a credit of one hour for each meal shall be given the Pro- 
ducer when the Actor does not work during said hour or any part thereof. 

Credit for Unused Time 

I. Should the Producer notify the Actor not later than 12 o'clock mid- 
night that bis services will not be required on the following day or days, 
then for such day or days that the Actor's services are not rso -ce^qulred, 
the Producer shall be entitled to a credit of eight hours dally as- against 
any overtime of the Actor during that calendar week, but not;ft>r<any 
subsequent week.. An Actor not definitely called for any given day is 
not required to hold hlmbelf on call beyond noon on that day. 

Overtime '-- 
J. All working time beyond twelve hours and work performed between 
midnight and 7 a. m. and on Sunday Is overtime and is to > be- paid.- for at 
the rate of :tlme and a ha|f for each hour or- fraction therepf. Sunday is 
hot td be .construed as part of the forty-eight hour week, and -the-mlni 
ihum' payhient for any Sunday work shall be eight hours i)ay. If "the 
Actor shall be required to work after midnight the Producer' shall return 
him to his home or lodgings. ' 

Salary Payable Weekly 
K. Salaries are payable weekly and not later than the Wednesday 
following the calendar week, for which they are paid. If at the beginning 
or. end Of this employment there shall be a split week the Actor shall be 
paid pro rata according to the terms hereof. 

' Equity Consent Required for Changes 
• L. No changes, elimination or alterations In this contract shall be bind 
ing unless consented to in writing by Equity and Indorsed hereon. 
Equity Representatives 
M The Producer hereby agrees that any duly authorized representative 
of Equity holding proper credentials shall have access to any studio set 

or location. _ . ^, . ■ j ^ 

Casts and Changes Furnished Equity 

N The Producer agrees to furnish EQUITY with oi, complete list of 
the cast in each company prior to the commencement of production, or in 
the event the Actor is placed under 'contract after production la. under 
way then to forward his name to Equity prior td the ActCt's starting 
date'...:Should theProducer fall to carry out his agreement in this clause 
the Actor, Equity ©oiSenl'Ingrifflny~cancel--thIs-agreement- without-notlce 

and/or ''^''^gp'^jgui^j j|„j Characteristics Leased for Picture 

O The Actor grahts unto the Producer the right to use any specialty, 
gluiit or specially built up characterlzatlPn, or mannerism, as Introduced 
In the picture by the Actor, but only In the picture In question, and the 
Actor reserves the right to said stunt, eccentricity,' characterization or 
monnerlsm for his exclusive use otherwise, and the Actor's right to use 
sume In the future is hereby declared not abandoned. 
Equity Membership 
p' The Actor; agrees, that he is now and will at all times during .the 
' (Continued oh page 55)- 



^^QIIITY^HOP'!: NOW 

° (-Cbnttnued ftro'th'page 5) ^ - 

llshmeqt of a ; 48 -hour working 
W.^ek. . ■■ It' -18 clatn\ed • tji.at players 
Ini tal&ers'.'lidv© been compelled to 
work in the studio from 18 to 20 
hours a day. 

Equity; states the new contract 
and riit'es are also a protection for 
legitimate play producers against 
actors jumping contracts for stag© 
engagements. As one official put 
it: "Some actors have gone off 
their nut over the salary offers 
made by the picture bunch." While 
the' new system Is expected to pre- 
vent the raiding, of the legit stage 
by the film people, it Is believed to 
be a protection for the latter too. 

TJjie Equity Shop rules will exer- 
cise the same control in the matted 
pf resp'ectlhg contracts. There Is a 
c'hEince that Equity will be beaten 
ill' its newsstand, but If it wins, vio- 
lators of contracts, either picture or 
legit, will have hard sledding. "Vio- 
lators, would face the loss of mem- 
bership ' .or indefinite suspension 
which means they would not be 
pprthltted to appear on the legiti- 
mate sta^e,. That is probably the 
most' drastic indicated threat yet 
made, by' 'Equity. 

The ' reibiutlon tbvering the 
Equity : Sthop principle in talking 
pictures' a,nd the formation df the' 
new 'minimum standard cb'htrabt, 
wais ' adapted by Equity's' Councl.l 
after cphsldering the problem for 
Six .months. It -was stated that ac- 
tors bn the coast have not been 
treated falrly and conditions of their 
contracts not obser%'ed. ^h© actora 
di-'l-not openly complain for fear of 
hurting their chances In future pic- 
tures, it Is alleged by the Equity 
people. 

" Fulfllltn'g Contracts 
It Is set forth in the contract that 
contracts entered into prior to -Jun© 
S, 1929, shall not b© disturbed, that 
Is actors under contract for talk- 
ers miist piay out th© term of th© 
agreement whether the casts ara 
all-Equity or npt,. but thereafter 
they mu^t coplTprm to the rules. 
.. -0.ne.-pt i^i liew 'fiilep.Js. that tbj) 
producer miiet.Jiot .use « substitute 
vole© for that of the i^ptd'r- for re» 
cording of th© actor's part, except 
with • the actor's written', consent. 
The Imlnlm'uil) em^loyiihe^t: f or talk-' 
era ,s)iall ;he.'.one. "week, If the en- 
gagement.!^ to ext©nd beyond the 
period ; contracted tot ■ tl(© . producer 
Is to serve -notice at leMt 72 hours 
before -' the -. end of the - guaranteed 
period. Iif^bases of abandonment of 
a. picture, all 'Salsi'rles'due are to b© 
paid. .'plus one-half of tiny balance; 
biit 'not to exceed bn© week's salr 
ary. There ar© 8©parat© clauses cov- 
ering (^uses of- abandpnment and 
pbilg^tlbn to actors. In the matter 
of 9.uspendlng or postponing pro* 
ductlon-,- the actor is to receive o«e« 
halt salary after the first week for 
five weeks and full salary there- 
after.' 

A 'major difference In. working 
hpni^ between talkers and the legit 
Is . set forth by the new contract 
wlMoh rules that "all rehearsals 
Shan be construed as work," A 
'week's work is defined: 

Torty^el^t bourb' work, render- 
ed on-' week days, shall constitute a 
week's work and except as herela 
provided one forty-eighth of the ac- 
tor's weekly salary shall be paid for 
each hour or average. A week's work 
shall 'be paid for. although forty- 
el.ght..hdurs is not provided. Sunday 
work is obilgatdry only where law- 
ful, . - All computations are to be 
made on a. calendar week basis, I. e. 
Sunday midnight to Saturday mid- 
night inclusive. If an actor Is call- 
ed to work on any day he shall b© 
entitled . to a minimum credit of 
four h'o.iirs , even though he works 
a lesser . number or not ^t all." 
Working hours and other conditions 
ate . set forth as detailed in this 
issue. 

A general - letter mailed to Equity 
members Tuesday set forth the as- 
sociation's stand In the talking pic- 
ture, field and warning members 
against taking engagements In 
talkers unless the entire ceists are 
all-Equity. ' The- lettisr: 

. Letter to Members 

June 4, 1929. 
D©ar, Fellow Member: 

.'While moving pictures were silent 
there .was no Immediate necessity 
for tis to Institute Eiqulty Shop in 
the studios, but now they rival the 
speaking stage and hundreds of our 
ureinbcrff'^^ho— have— always~beea— 
considered players in the legitimate 
theatre have gone Into them. Now 
these last mentioned are uniting 
with the older screen players in 
demanding fair and . standardized 
conditions. 

After careful investigation w© 
find that the producers are at tlmea 
demanding unconscionable hours 
(Continued on page SS) 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



L E GIT I MA T E 



VARIETY 



51 



Not One Stage Show on B'way 
From 4(1 to 511th Streets; 
Never Befwe Happened 



Job for Shipman 

Bugs Baer, in talklner to 
Sam Shipman, remarked, 
"Sam, you must be the home- 
liest man In the world. What 
would you charge me to haunt 
a house 7" 



Broadway started Its summer 

', , season. this week with no leglt pro 
ductioii in any theatre directly 
fronting Broadway between 40th 
•and 69th streets. It is probably the 
first time there has not been at 
least one or more summer shows 
' dotting the main stem. After this 
week the entire expanse of Broad- 
way will be. minus a stage show. 

The houses In question have gone 
$2 talker, as have a number spotted 
on th.e prominent bisecting thor 
oiighfctre. Though wired for sound, 
several .are seeking talking picture 
^.'bookings. Included Is the Cohan 

■ which went dark when "Mother's 
Boy" closed Saturday. Pathe must 
pay the rent for the next four 
weeks. Gaiety has "The Black 

■'. "Watch"; "Broadway" la tlie Globe's 
. attraction; "The Broadway Melody," 

. Astor; "On With the Show," Wln- 
' ier Garden; "The Squall," Central; 
"Madame X" la at the Harris; 
♦•Alibi" (final week), 44th Street; 
*^ulldog Drummond," Apollo. 

The Selwyn bad a |2 talker and 
Is waiting for another. The Cri- 
terion which is in the $2 reserved 
seat class, relights next week with 
"Four Feathers." 
' A sudden and record May heat 
wave socked Broadway plenty last 

' week, lasting four days and span 
nlng Memorial Day. The break 
could have been worse, since an 
out-of-town exodus was anticipated 
over the holiday. Thousands ot 
tickets held by the specs were sac 
riflced, box oSlces flatly refused to 
take more than the usual percentage 
of returns. Brokers tried to save 
themselves by dumping into cut 
rates. 

Socks 

"Whoopee" was affected for the 
.first time but topped the list with 
S44,000 and came back early this 
we!«k when cooler weather pre- 
vaUedtVi'^itlUpw Thru" was less af- 
tedttift^'iSln^Any musical, getting 
ovier)^.fMA4tt'''Vlth an extra holiday 
inft11nak.^«!%he New Moon" off but 
quttft^l^nMltiilire at «29,000; "Hold 
EvieryWlng^'' Slipped to $26,000; 
about -same for "Night In Venice" 
and "Pleasure Bound" (leaving 
soon).; "The Little Show" stood up 
very well, bettering $23,000; "Spring 
Is Here" dropped to $] 8,000 and will 
close; "Hello Daddy" about $13,000; 
"Blackbirds" $9,000; "Grand Street 
Follies" $8,000. 

Dramas 

The dramatic leaders did hold up, 
there being virtually no drop in the 
$20,000 gait enjoyed by "Street 
Scene" and "Journey's End" (for- 
mer is again established as strong- 
est ticket in agencies); "Strange 
Interlude," which bounded upward 
when announced to close recently, 
got $14,000 which approximated the 
figure for "Bird In Hand" which 
dipped; "Let Us Be Gay" off some- 
what at $13,600; "Holiday," "Step- 
ping Out" and "The Love Duel" 
about $10,000; "Camel Through the 
Needle's Eye" $9,000; "Little Acci- 
dent" lowest to date at $8,000; 
"Courage" and "Brothers" $6,000; 
"Joncsy" $6,000 or less and other? 
much less. 

Goiny and Coming 

Two indicated flops came last 
week, "Chippies" at the Belmont 
and "Decision" at the 49th Street, 
both slammed by reviewers. 

In addition to "Spring Is Here," 
Which leaves the Alvln dark, "Music 
In May" at the Casino will also 
close this week; "Kibitzer" at the 
Royale and "Chinese O'Neill," For- 
rest, stopped last Saturday, both 
houses dark; at the same time two 
revivals, "Mrs. Bumpstead-Lelgh," 
Klaw,. and "The Black Crook" in 
Hoboken folded up. Due in next 
week are "Hot Chocolates," Hudson; 
"Nice Women," Longacre, and 
"Adam's Apple," Princess. A pos- 
elbility Is "Loving Daughters." 



**Show Boat,** Heat-Proof, 
Does $44,000 in Boston 

Boston, June 4 
A hot wave here lasted for a 
couple of days, making Boston the 
hottest spot in the east. What few 
legitimate houses were still open 
and not housing hits promptly posted 
closing notice. The heat wave dem- 
onstrated but one show in town 
that could stand the gaff, "Show 
— BoaW'-^t-the-Golonial, 



PARTIES, SHRINERS, CUT 
RATES, ALL HELP L A. 



standees fell oft somewhat and 
Kav« the show a gross of a little 
better than $44,000, about $1,000 less 
than usual. The show stays here 
Jpr a couple more weeks. Jane 
Cowl's' "Jenny" (new), which week 
before did $12,000, started off a bit 
flat, took it on the chin the two hot 
nights, but picked up a bit at the 
flnlsh of the week and closed to 
capacity Saturday. Every other 
house in town is . closed. 



1,03 Angeles, June 4< 
Decoration Doy helped bit at the 
leglt b. o.'s, did the advance guard 
of the Shrlners. Those who got In 
toward week-end had no entertain 
ment arranged for them, so they 
gave the shows the once over. With 
the sessions and entertainment pro 
gram on now things are different for 
the theatres. 

Since the Duffy houses "found sell- 
ing out for theatre parties profita- 
ble, other houses have gone after 
the same thing for early nfghts of 
week and found Industrial concerns 
and clubs and societies eager to buy 
for a flat of $700 to $900, making a 
profit for themselves. 

Four attractions bowed out last 
Saturday night. They were "Night 
Hostess," at Belasco, which made 
way for "Bachelor Fathers," "Drac 
ula," at the Hollywood Music Box, 
which had a two week lingering 
death with "Paris Bound" under- 
lined June 16. ' 

"Burlesque," after seven weeks at 
EI Capltan, Is making way for 
"Dancing Mothers." Night Hawk," 
at Orange Grove, which tried to 
operate on cut rate, blew up after 
six weeks. Nothing underlined here, 
with possibility of colored stock. 

Kone of the departing quartette 
showed a profit. "Burlesque" was 
geared too high, but Duffy is satis 
fled, as It stayed seven weeks after 
flopping under the Macloon man 
agement in San Francisco. 

"Danger," at the Hollywood Play- 
house, only new attraction of the 
week, got off to excellent start; sold 
out last three nights of week. Vine 
Street no longer in cut rates with 
trade for "Ghost Train" during first 
half of third ' week being theatre 
party buys. With the Majestic tilt' 
Ing the night scale to $2 for Decora- 
tlon Day, Saturday and Sunday, 
business was best it has had for 
fourth week of "Streets of New 
York." 

"Let XJs Be Gay" having hard 
tussle at the Mayan. As this house 
had been established as a pass 
service fee establishment- the smart 
locals, are waiting until the pay 
Oakleys come around and going in 
on that 60 cent take; cheaper than 
a first run picture emporium. "This 
World and The Next," a spiritual 
opus, hit an average of $160 for 
eight shows, which Is profit. Mason 
will reopen June 9 with Fay. Balnter 
and John HaUlday In "Jealousy." 
Estimate.s for Last Week 
Belasco— "Night Hostess" (third 
week).: Belasco and Curran never 
got anywhere with this one, though 
those who saw it liked performance, 
Around $9,000. "Bachelor Fathers" 
brought on from San Francisco by 
same producers, opened Monday. 

Egan — "This World and Next" 
(second week) ; $1,200 take in this 
338-scater o.k. - 

El Capitan — "Burlesque" (7th 
week). Though It did almost capa- 
city during run never showed any 
profit to Duffy on account of royalty 
and salaries. Final week' take $6,- 
000. "Dancing Mothers" opened 
Sunday matinee. 

Hollywood Music Box — "Dracula" 
(2nd week). Just could not get them; 
around $1,800. Will remain here un- 
til O. D. Woodward can get ready 
Paris Bound." 

Hollywood Pliayhou8e^"Danger" 
(1st week). Got off to good start 
and looks good for six weeks; $6,000. 

Majestic— "StreeU of New York" 
(4th week). This its best, stanza 
$8,400. 

Mayan— "Let Us Be Gay" (3rd 
week). Pass system here killed any 
chances of this getting heavy money. 
$6,800. 

Orange Grove — "Night Hawk" 
(6t1i week). Internal managerial 
trouble which did b. o. no good; 
completed run to less than $2,000. 

President- "Skidding" (3rd week). 
Okay with theatre parties and heavy 
week-end trade. $6,600.. 

Vine Street— "Ghost Train" (3rd 
week). Theatre parties helping 
greatly with cut rates eliminated 
and week-end sejl-outs bringing $6,- 
700. 



Quits Twin Cities Houses 



^"uri Bneffpolisr june-4.- — 
"Buzz" Bainbrldge will not exer- 
cise his option for a renewal of the 
leases of the Minneapolis and St. 
Paul Metropolitan theaitres, housing 
legitimate road atttaotlons. One 
season proved enough.' 

Theatres revert to their owner, 
L, N. Scott, M'ho operated them for 
over 20 years up to last season and 
Who again will be In actlvej charge. 



50^ Discooiit m Tie-np for 
Passion Play's $1.50 Top 



Shows in N. Y. and Conunent 



Figures etttrnated and comment point to some attraction* being 
•uccessful, while, the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is . explained in the difference in 
house capacities with the varying overhead. Also the size of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross of profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction ai againat dramatic 
play is also censidareid. 

Classification of attraction, house capacitj; and top prices of the 
admission scale given below. Key to classification; C (comedy); 
D (drama); R (revue); M (musical comedy); F (farce); O (operetta). 



Admission tax applies on tickets ooer $3 



Morris Gest made a tie-up with 
the Daily Mirror covering the bal- 
ance of "The Passion Play" en- 
gagement at the Hippodrome. Start- 
ing Tuesday coupons printed in the 
tab permit a 60 per cent, reduction 
of the box ofllce scale. 

Last weok the scale at the Hip 
was reduced to $1.60 top from $3. 
Coupons cut the revised prices in 
half, that is, $1.60 tickets can be 
secured for 76 cents. Same applies 
to other Uckets, 25 cents being low- 
est price with coupon. 

The Biblical spec is In Its sixth 
week. Although a tentative notice 
was posted as protection for the 
management it is expected the en- 
gagement will continue for the 10- 
week period arranged for by Gest 
Road dates are to follow. The plan 
to revive "The Miracle" appears to 
have been shelved. 



J. T. HARDING'S SENTENCE 



Year and $600 for Racketeer — Coin 
Taker on Promises 



Chicago, June 4. 

J. Thomas Harding, who says he 
organizes traveling troupes and 
makes placements, was fined $600 
and sentenced to a year in jail by 
Judge Francis Borelli for taking 
$100 from Edward C. Dwyer on an 
unfulfilled promise to give him an 
Interest in a musical show to be or- 
£anize3. Other victims of Harding 
were named. 

Judge Borelli recalled that two 
years ago he released Harding on 
probation for taking money from 
chumps who thought he could teach 
them to play stringed instruments. 



FRISCO GROSSES 



San Francisco, June 4, 
Two new shows marked the open- 
ing of the summer season. Guy 
Bates Post began an engagement at 
the Alcazar Sunday in "The Mas- 
querader" as the guest artiste of 
the Henry Duffy Players. Helen 
Hayes, with Ted Harris' "Coquette" 
came to the Curran. 

"Strange Interlude" at the Colum- 
bia showed an inclination to build, 
while Walker Whiteside in "The 
Hindu" at the President had a good 
second week. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Cuhran — "The Bachelor Father." 
Fourth and final week ran about 
$16,000. 

Geary — "Ned McCobb's Daugh- 
ter." Third week of N. Y. Guild 
Rep. Company with change. Each 
week grossed about $11,000. 

Alcazar — "The Big Pond." Seventh 
and final week with a gross of 
$4,100. 

President — "The Hindu." Second 
week at good business running 
about $5,900, 

Green Street — "Easy for Zee Zee." 
$1,000. 



Blackbirds," Eltlnge (57th week) 
(R-892-$3). Humidity, 90-Jpgiee 
heat and natural exodus from 
city over Decoration Day did 
plenty of damage to box offices; 
colored revue dropped to $9,000. 
"Bird in Hand," Morosco (20th week) 
(C-893-$3.85). All right up to 
holiday and Frlday'.<i heat; indi- 
cations for summer stay, but 
dropped about $3,000; $14,000 es- 
timated. 

"Brothers," 48th St. (24th week) 
(aD-906-$3.85). Pace slowed down 
again, but plans for .summer try; 
around $6,000. 

"Chinese O'Neill," Forrest. Off Sat- 
urday; played less than two 
weeks. 

"Chippies," Belmont (2d week) (C- 
616-$3). Opened last week and 
panned; some script changes, 
management electing to try far 
ther. 

"Courage," Rltz (36th week) (CD- 
946-$3.86). Final week probably 
slated to close last Saturday, but 
held over; sudden heat not count 
ed on; $7,000; tops. 
"Decision," 49th St. (2d week) (CD 
708-$3). Another new show for 
first night, censure; a very bad 
boy; receipts negligible. 
"Follow Thru," Chanin's 46th St 
(22d week) (M-l,413-$6.60). Extra 
matinee last week, getting about 
$42,600; least affected of musicals, 
with virtual capacity throughout 
heat period. 
"Grand Street Fellies," Booth (6th 
week) (R-708-$4.40). Hasn't done 
well to date, despite claims of 
having following; last week's pace 
approximated $8,000; may be 
even break. 
"Hello, Daddy," Erlanger's (24th 
week) (M - 1,620 - $4.40). Socked 
for perhaps $3,000, with Indicated 
gross around $13,000; going can't 
be much worse and show con- 
tinue. 

Hold Everything," Broadhurst 
(34th week) (M-l,118-$6.60). Pace 
here for favorite nicked consider- 
ably; $26,000; listed to stick out 
summer. 

"Holiday," Plymouth (28th week) 
(C - 1,012 • $3.86). Front runner 
among non-musicals affected still 
further last week; lucky If gross 
reached $10,000. 
"Jonesy," Bijou (9th week) (C-606- 
$3). Will stick along for time; 
doesnt' cost much to operate and 
rent period off so far as theatre 
is concerned; $5,000 estimated. 
"Journey's End," Henry Miller's 
(12th week) (C-946-$4.40). Brok- 
ers probably stuck with some 
tickets for hot holiday matinee, 
but house hardly affected and 
again $20,000. 
"Kibitzer," Royale. Off Saturday; 
15 weeks to fair results; started 
around $16,000 and was held up by 
theatre parties; dropped to $10,000 
and last week much less; cast 
trouble anyhow; house dark. 
"Let Us Be Gay," Little (16th 
week) (C-530-$4.40). SUll playing 
extra matinee; held up very well 
last week, easing off about $1,000 
for $13,500. 
i'Little Accident," Ambassador (35th 
week) (C-l,200-$3). Heat hurt, 
takings dropping to $8,000, lowest 



$100,000 Total Legit Qross in Loop 
Last Wk.; Chicago's Lowest in Years 



Chicago, June 4. 
Chi's total leglt business, with 
eight attractions, aggregated about 
$100,000 last week. Probably the 
lowest general gross here In years. 
Hot spell hit the town through most 
of the week. 

Worst sufferer was "Blllle." Cohan 
show folded with a terrible slap, 
dropping over $5,000 to $13,500, final 
gross. 

"Frankle and Johnnie," new 
Woods entry at the Adelphl, opened 
an out-and-out fiop with pannlngs 
from press and publlc.allke. "Hocus 
Pocus,^-another-— tryout — from the. 



same stable. Is already set to take 
It out. 

Out of the musicals only two re- 
main. "Connecticut Yankee," near- 
ing its third month at the Garrick, 
may stretch to that point unless 
suddenly knocked off. "Boom, Boom," 
brokers' choice right along, goes olit 
June 16 in favor of "Pleasure 
Bound." 

'Harlem," dubious colored oi^UB. 



showed little change in form, mov- 
ing from 4he Majestic to the Apollo. 
Estimates for Last Week 

"Billie" (Erianger, 6th and last 
week). Kicked hard on way out; 
$13,600. House dark for summer. 

"Frankie and Johnnie" (Adelphl, 
1st week). Consensus set this one 
down as about the worst things yet 
brought here. Opening night pulled 
Initial gross out of mire to reported 
$13,000. 

"Connecticut Yankee" (Garrick, 
9th week). Took $2,000 drop, to 
around $16,000. Still respectable. 

"Nut Farm" (Cort, 4th week). 
Two weekly mats . helping, but not 
enough; under $9,000. 

"A Hundred Years" (Harris, 6th 

-week), ^Dccllning:L—shaEply„-and, 

pointing to early exit. $11,000; two 
grand dbwn. 

"Dracula" (Blackstone, 9th week). 
Still In good shape; $10,600. 

"Harlem" (Apollo, 6th week). New 
abode caused no stir In pace; at 
standstill, $12,000. 

"Boom, Boom" (Grand, 5th week). 
Earned extra grand In .switching 
from Apollo; $18,000. Two more 
weeks. 



since opening; should recover In 
better going and stick. 

"Music in May," Casino (10th week) 
(M-l,447-$5.60). Final week; 
moderate money, estimated at 
$16,000 average; dropped sharply 
last week. 

"My Girl Friday," Republic (16th 
week) (C-901-$3). Going along to 
small takings, principally from 
cut rates; $6,000 claimed. 

"Night In Venice," Shubert (3rd 
week) (R-l,39S-$6.60). Scale 
boosted, but tickets recalled from 
agencies, price remaining $6.60 
top; brokers stuck Thursday and 
Friday, that going for other buys. 

"Pleasure Bound," Majestic (16th 
week) (R-l,776-$6.60). One week 
more; rather good money with 
recent average under $30,000; go- 
ing to Chicago. 

"She Got What She Wanted," Wal- 
lack's (16th week) (C-776-$3). No 
show after Wednesday last week, 
when one of leads (Galina Koper- 
nack) injured band; resumed 
Monday. 

"Spring Is Here," Alvin (13th week) 
(M-l,387-$6.60), Final week off 
further: takings last week esti- 
mated at $18,000. 

"Skidding," Bayes (66th week) (C- 
776-$3). With virtually entire list 
nose-dlving, estimated pace for 
this' one means nothing; may 
have eked out profit. 

"Strange Interlude," Golden (71st 
week) (D-900-$4.40). Theatre 
Guild ready to close two weeks 
ago, but business took suddeo 
spurt and engagement extended; 
$14,000. 

"Stepping Out," Fulton (3rd week) 
(C-913-$3.86). Bumped second 
week because of heat: estimated 
'around $10,000; counted on for 
summer stay. 
"Straet Scene," Playhouse (22nd 
week) (D-878-$3.86). Heat on 
holiday did not prevent matinee 
going clean, and show sold out 
at other performances; $20,000. 
"The- Camel Through the Needle's 
Eye," Guild (8th week) (D-914- 
$3). Moved here ftom Beck last 
week, first following regnilar sub* 
scription period (six weeks); 
about $9,060; stay through sum- 
mer hardly anticipated. 
"The Jade God," Cort (4th week) 
(D-l,043-$3). Socked by four-day 
heat wave like others; even 
break and should stick for time. 
"The Love Duel," Barrymore (8th 
week) (D-l,090-$3). While busi- 
ness not exceptional, holding to 
around $12,000, though less last 
week; slated to go through June. 
"The Little Show," Music Box (6th 
week) (R-l,000-$4.40). New hit 
little affected, agency buy pro- 
tecting gross considerably; about 
$23,600, or $1,000 under previous 
week. 

The New Moon," Imperial (38th 
week) (O-l,446^$6.50). Dropped 
to $29,000; should come back and 
figured to last into new season. 

'Tired Business Man," Waldorf (let 
week) (C-l,101-$3). Indepen- 
dently presented; written by Lyle 
Weaver Hall; opened Tuesday. 
Whoopee," New Amsterdam (27th 
week) (M-l,702-$6.60). Last week 
front running pace affected for 
first time since premiere; off 
about $4,000 for $44,000; dnch to 
come back to virtual capacity. 

Special Attractions— Little Theatre* 

"Becky Sharp," Knickerbocker; re- 
vival of classic by Players' Club 
for this week only. 
Passion Play," Hippodrome (6th 
week) ; booking is for 10 weeks. 

"The Perfect Alibi," Hopkins; wiU 
stick through summer. 

"Mrs. Bumpttead-L^igh," Klaw; re- 
vlval closed last Saturday. 

^' After park," Rialto, Hoboken; re- 
vival expected to last through 
summer. 

"The Black Crook," Lyric, Hobo- 
ken; revival closed Saturday, and 
due for road under management 
of Jones and Green next season. 

"Bare Facts," Triangle. 



New Group's First 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Playwrights Theatre, new organ- 
ization of Hollywood dramatists, 
will present "Gang Love," By Wal* 
ton Buttcrfleld and _ Merlin Taylor, 
"as^ifs 'flfsi"prodmidivr'-T>i5TO--goeH" 

Into rehearsal next, week for pro- 
duction in one ot the Hollywood 
legit houses in July. Organization's 
purpose Is the presentation of new 
plays by its members. 

Directorial board is composed of 
Sidney Howard, Frank Tuttle, Ir- 
ving, Plccl, Sigurd Russell and Wal- 
ton Butterfield. 



I 



62 



VARIETY 



LE G It I M A T E 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



Literati 



Chi Trib's Guts 

ChlcaBO Tribune last Friday de- 
voted almost halt Its editorial page 
to exposition ot an argument be- 
tween It and United States District 
Attorney Richard Tcmpleton. The 
latter defended the dry agent who 
shot and caused the eventual death 
ot Jai'oli Hanson, Innocent Niagara 
falls citizen. 

Tribune originally stated that "no 
Blij sicr lawyer, skating on the edge 
of disbarment, has gone further to 
r;cfi>at Justice than this (laslstant to 
till- Attorney General of the United 
HtateH." Templeton raised an Im- 
• uKliate squawk. A series of let- 
[ j.'s followed In which Templeton 
rk iunnded an apology. Tribune of- 
to print his side, but refused 
;o retract the statement or apolo- 
•-- zi'. Finally the Tribune agreed to 
levU-w the case In another editorial, 
u-hk-li It did Friday, and twice as 
hot OS the flrsC 

The Chicago Tribune has more 
guts than any dally In the country, 
especially when It comes to prohi- 
bition. It's a joy to read. 



was a mongrel, just a personal press I Countes^ Pierre de Jumllhac, one 
sheet for Albec, the two boys never of the most prominent race horse 



stood a chance, with it 

Then the Graphic came alone, 
Macfadden's dally gag that later 
found Itself dependent upon -a 
columnist, Walter Wlnchell. That 



Jerry Beatty's Hit 

Not so long ago Jerome Beatty. 
wail doing class publicity work tor: 
the larger picture dlstrlbutorS*1n 
New York. He left First National 
to go In tor mag story wrftinf . 

Since then has had two stories 
printed by the Satevepost,' IS' dated 
for Ave tor Collier's, andth'er for 
Cosmopolitan and still {ulpttier for 
Country Gentleman. All, flctlpn. .The 
first tor Collier's appeared 'in that 
:4at come-bacWng weekly last week. 
li'i of the Aim and called "AH was 
-i'rtibrosla." 

.'Jerry is sticking around the 
hoiise muchly nowadays, at 104 Lor- 
Ing avenue, Pelham, N. T. It looks 
l)k« a record tor him in the fiction 
Way In the short time for a breaker- 
In.- How Jerry ever put over one in 
the Country Gentleman Is a bigger 
wonder. Some writers could live 
forever without knowing how to get 
bine over for that bucoUo sheet with 
Its hundreds ot thousands ot farm- 
ing gents. 

One literary guy said a while back 
that it writing a story intended for 
and accepted by the Curtis' wide 
ai>4n circulator, the author did not 
baVe to worry about the future, tor 
Everything else alongside ot that 
Is aofL 



columnist started the Graphic oft married Ray Atherton, then an at 
with a Times Square sale. Wlnchell tache ot the American Elmbassy in 
worked 24 hours a day. lie became Parle. Later they went to Pekin 
nlte club hound. His stock In where he was In the Legation. She 
trade was "Got a gag?" And he divorced him In' China and In 1924 
made the Graphic, but he also made married the French count. Mean- 
Walter Wlnchell. while, Atherton, Bostonlan, had be- 
"y our. Broadway and Mine" col- come U. S. Charge d' Affaires in 
umn as at present conducted in the London, and married Maude Hun 
Graphic by a substitute under in- newell, daughter ot Mrs. John 
structlons probably from the m, e., Stansbury Tooker and the late 
is such a poor and blatant imitation Hoi:is H. Hunnewell 
of Wlnchell's that It Is working tor Another Countess de Jumllhac of 
the Mirror. the American colony in Paris was 
When Condon and Wlnchell were formerly Mrs. Norrle 'and originally 
advised by the 'Variety bunch, both Ethel Barbey, granddaughter ot the 
turned down the advice. Condon was late Pierre Lorlllard. One of this 
told to go back to Oklahoma and lady's sisters is the Baroness de 
again edit a dally. He went back Neuflize, and another is the Count- 
to Oklahoma and Is now an ezecu- I ess de Pourtales, 
tlve. of the Skelly Oil Company. 
IM^inchell was asked to come on "Va- 
riety. ' Instead he went on the 
Graplilo. • . 

Wlitohell as a columnist has. a 
national rep. T^e Mirror will height- 
en that w4th a 



o.wnfers In France, recently divorced 
I her .second husband. She. h&d dl- 
I'orced her first. Was Constance 
I Coojldgc, daughter of David. Cool- 
Idge,' landscape artist. At 17 she 



Landon as It Looks 

By Haninen Swaffer 

.. London, May 24. 

"I am going to beg a parttgraph;" wrote Louis Ne'thersole to me, this 
morning, "not for myself, but in the -cause of charity— the Actors' 
Benevolent Fund, Lord Melchett takes the cliatr'at the annual dinner 
on Sunday week at. the Savor . and the tickets are hanging fire, what with 
the election and other potent opposition, so do please help. 

"The threat of the talking pictures' is most disturbing to minor actors 
and actresses, to say nothing of the big ones. God help them all K these 
canned monstrosities are going to drive the speaking theatre out of 
business. The Actbris' Benevolent Fund lives on begging, and, this year. 
It is vital that a strong appeal should be made." 



Sticks to Village 

James Duane Livingston, member 
of a noted New, York family, is 
l(^al to Greenwich. 'Village. . He has 
been living in Perry street, but has 
p7bVlc7ty campaign I Just "ought the house at 208 West 



Why Do Aotors Beg? 

I wonder if actors realize the contemptible position they place them- 
selves In, In reerard to these appeals. The theatrical industry Is a very 
rich one. People get knighted in England after having made fortunes 
out ot It. Ground landlord^ grow fat by forcing up the rents. So-called 
stars earn from |760 to $2,000 a week. 

Now, there Is coming Into being an amusement trust — it is nothing 
more or less — which will put Into the hands ot a few directors halt 
the important theatres, kinemos' and muslc-halls in- the country.' 

And yet I am aiske'd to give a paragraph to beg people to go and buy 

$10 ticket for a dinner! -. 

Why one* of the rich people who go cannot give all the money and 
have done with It, I do hot know. 

Lord ^elchett, who Is in the chair, Is a multl-mlUionalre. He was 
Sir Alfred Mond. His hew chemical enterprise has just made him an- 
other vast fortune. Yet they have to squeal .to me to give *em a few 
bright lines. 



especially In New York City, In- 



11th street, at the corner of Wa- 



formlng the reading public he' has ^erly place, for his residence. _ 

' Across- the street dwell Gerald 



Jollied its staff. 

There's an -example for the Amer- 
ican kid with ambition. The rise of 
Walter Winchell from a bum hooter 
on the.smalt-tlme '..p a post of idls- 
tlnctlon In the Hearst organization, 
all within four years. 



Claims en "Cradle" 
Thompson Buchanan, playwright, 
denies the story printed in 'Variety, 
from' Los Angeles, mentioning a 



Randall and Grant Thorburn, thq 
latter a namesake descendant ot 
that Grant Thorburn whose man- 
eloh faced Bowling Green. Mr. 
Thorburn Is a veteran flrst-nlghter; 

Nearby Is the quaint apartment 
of Eva lie GalUenne, the meeting 
place of many temperamental 
wonxen. — 



The "Sacred Cause of Charity" 

All the year round, actors and actresses are Implored to appear at other 
people's charity functions and then they sink to squealing at an annual 
dinner and, running side shows at a. silly .garden party for the Orphanage. 

Only a few months ago,.a 'well known actress, who had appeared at the 
first King George's Pension Fund gala performance, was begged tor by 
a woman who has made^ $2,600,000 out of the theatrer so that she could- 
have $15 a week until she died, which happened a few months later. 



Winchell With "Mirror" 

Kext Monday (June ' 10) Walter 
Vl^inchell's dally column wUl appear 
In; the New York Mirror. Just. how 
the deal was fixed for Winchell to 
leave Macfadden's Evening Graphic, 
wblch that columnist grefitly assist- 
ed- to Its present cIroOlatlon; ' will 
pri>bably never be known. It sounds 
twb-tlmey on the Inside, but there 
It js. 

Wlnchell's association with the 
Mirror Is at the same tferms he is 
under contract with Hearst's New 
York Evening Journal, $500 a week 
and 60 per cent ot his syndicate re- 
tut-n. The Journal contract is not 
affected by the Mlrtor ooanectlon. 
Wlncheiil's contract with' the Hearst 
evening sheet does not start until 
May, 1931, with Wlnchell thereby 
gaining two years at the advanced 
salary over his Graphic's agreement 
which had two more years to run. 

In view of this, the talk of the 
Mirror being run independently of 
the W. R. Hearst connection rounds 
strictly like the nuts. 

Wlnchell probably will be happy 
oil the Mirror. He Is with Walter 
Howey on that sheet as managing 
editor, which means everything to 
d temperamental guy like Wlnchell. 
'On the Graphic he was miserable, 
^lid deserveidly so, since Whfichell 
was advised when signing his re- 
newal of the Macfadden contract 
exactly what he would go up 
a^ialnst. 

Iwincholl, a hoofer on the small 
ilfne, blew the stage racket because 
l^e had ambition. What kind of an 
ambition, he didn't know, for Wal 
iet etill held some ot that actor stuff 
In his heart. He drifted onto the 
Vaudeville News, ah E. P. Albee 
conducted sheet, started to put Va 
rl6ty out of business, Its editor was 
-01eaJ[^ndqnt_8tace sehatbr of Okla 
hbma, Condon Tfia^F'Tbeeir'iraUed-'by 
Albee 4tecause Condon had some 
relatives in vaudeville, who didn't 
act right by pur Ed, meaning Albee. 

The Variety bunch decided Glen 
and Walter wore regular. They were 
told to blow the Vaudeville News, 
that Albee was kidding them. Con^ 
don was also ' a newspaper man o£ 
established local rep In his territory. 
.Wlnchell was still a hoofer, but with 
ideas, .<!nmothlng that Albee couldn't 
'recognizo- Ajg the "VaudevUIo News 



Souborn's Brown Oerbys 

Herbert Soubom, who has made 
, money running the Brown Derby 
pending adjustment with Al Lewis restaurants In Los Angeles and vl- 
ovcr screen rights to "Cradle of Uintty, the second of Gloria 
the Deep," written by Buchanan's swanson's three husbands, aifd the 
wUe, Joan Lowell. father ot her child. Before dlvorc- 

Lewls asserts he wrote a sea play j„g Herbert, nephew of the wealthy 
some years ago, that he called in g. W. Strauss, of New York, Gloria 
Buchanan to docter It up and that divorced Wallace Beery, and finally 
several of the Incidents in the novel married the Marquis de la Falalse 
are similar to those in the play. a© la Coudray. Met the marquis 
Buchanan, In his letter of denial, when she filmed "Madame Sans 
states: "As far as I know. I have Gene" In Paris. She could not speak 
never met Al Lewis In my life and I French and Hank, as he is called 
I have never done any work for was engaged as interpreter, 
him at any time. 'Cradle of the Gloria married Beery when they 
Deep' Is Miss Lowell's own per- 1 were both working for Mack Sen- 
sonal story, was -written by her.and Uiett.'she as a bathing beauty and 
I did-' not join with her in either he in > grotesque characterizations. 



the coriceptlori or writing of it." 



L.-.A. Jail Expose 
Jack Lalt's son, George, on - the I 



Including that of a Swedish servant 
girl. 



Marriage Suspicion 

George' T. Brokaw, of the clothing 
Hearst Examiner in Los Angeles, I manufacturing family, was recently 



spent a week in the local jail seek- 
ing pxpose material. 



divorced by his young wife, Ann 
Booth. She was awarded custody 



Investigation was Instigated by of the five-year-old daughter and 
reports ot brutal treatment of prls- Is said to have received a settle- 
oners. The death ot one had result- ment ot $600,000. 
e\ George is a brother of Elvira 
Examiner will run the stories Brokaw, who divorced Carl Fischer 
after the current Shrlners' conven- Hansen, and married William Mo- 
tion ends In L. A. About 80,000 out Nair Hansen, who was disbarred 



here this week: 



2c American 

The .New York American went on 
sale at the newsstaqids yesterday 
(Tuesday^ at 2c, a cent below its 
former selling price. 

The penny cut was made to com- 
pote with the other New York a. 
m. sheets which all had a 2c. price. 

The eve papers stick to the 3c 
price. 



and Imprisoned some years ago, 
changed his name to Fischer, and 
ran a dramatic school, restaurant 
and music publishing concern. His 
daughter. Vera Brokaw, changed 
her name to Vera McNaIr, divorcing 
ReglneLld L. Hutchinson and mar- 
ried William Falrchlld. 

Society, In New York and New- 
port, would not be surprised It Ann 
Booth Brokaw now married Sum- 
ner Gerard, brother ot James W. 
Gerard, former ambassador to Ger- 
many, Sumner was divorced by 
Helen Coster, who then married 
Arthur C. Train, writer. By his 



Norman Hall Falls In 

Most startling announcement in _ 
newspaper circles is that Norman I fll^-j";,,,;; thVlkte "Ethel KUsen' 
Hall, late of Liberty Mag. and for- Lpraln Is the father of three mar 
merly of the New York American, ^jg^ daughters, 
has fallen Into an Oklahoma for- 
tune and win proceed thither to i ^ite Club Rovk's Sidelights 
gather up the ends of the estate. ^here are sidelights to the recent 
Hall, who was sent to Ok*, by the .^,3,4 t„ j^e Rendezvous, nlte club, 
Patterson mag. some 12 months ago „j j Hopkins Smith, 3d, and his 
to get a balloon buster story, ob- brother, Paul Morton Smith. Those 
talned other data, using a million- g^piajiy registered young men were 
aire ranchman convict In Oklahoma Koth beaten up, the first mentioned 
State pen. as his source. The scribe I appearing In court against Philip 



got in a stabbing affray out there 
and nearly lost his life. Told Pat 
terson of the ranchman's case and 
Patterson Is reported to have wrlt- 



Marlno, manager of the resort. In a 
battered condition, Paul being so 
disabled as to be confined to his 
bed. J. Hopkins, 3d, is a 19-year 



ten letter to pardon board, which h,,^ Harvard student, while Paul 
sprung ranchman, who was serving h„aiTled Elizabeth Shevlln In' April 



10 - years. 



1928, but did not announce the fact 



„.Hallls yaxnjavedjlw^^^ December, 
irears^at hard labor aniTIie Is re- -pi^i'a'bTfrde'lTa cTai 



years 

ported to have turned over one- 
third of his property to the scriv- 
ener as consideration. AH Park | 
Row talking about Hall's good luck. 
Mrs.. Hail will go with her husband | 
to the wild west. 



George Hearst's Trick Plane 

George Hearst, now looking after 
the San Francisco Examiner for 
' (Continued on page 54) 



craugKtef~5fMrsr 
Marshall H. Russell and . the late 
Thomas L. Shevlln ot Minneapolis, 
famous "Yale athlete. 

The Smith brothers are sons of 
J. Hopkins Snilth, Jr. (now married 
to the former Mrs. Elinor MctAne 
Bowdoln), by his first 'wife, Pauline 
Morton, daughter ot the late Paul 
Morton, secretary of the navy. 
Pauline Morton Smith married 
Charles H, Sabln, vice-chairman of 



' Dolling ' Up For Dolly 

There was one of these charity functions In London ladt week. Jenny 
Dolly or Rosle Dolly, whichever one It was — I never know them apart, . 
either on the stage or off, or know which is which, when it hear the 
names — flew over 'from Paris speeially to appear at a Cochran matinee 
for somebody else's charity at the London Pavilion. 

I saw something in the papers about how she wore a dozen dresses, 
or something. Oh, the fiiss and bother just tor a tew hundred dollars 
that any millionaire could give. One paper even said that the jewels 
the Dolly wore were worth $1,000,0001 If this Is true, surely Miss Dolly 
or Mrs. Dolly, whatever she is, now, might have -given one of the 
diamonds or a couple of the pearls and then there need not have been- 
all the fuss and publicity. ' 

So-called charity makes me sick. We always powder the scabs tn 
the social system. -We put a little scent on a fester and then forget. 
Meanwhile, the system seems to get worse. 

Here Is the amusement profession of England facing the greatest 
crisis of its lite. Charlie Austin, objecting to the Borrah Mlnevitch . 
applause, the other night at the Palladium, because tt disturbed his 
entrance, said "British artists had stood enough from Americans re- 
cently, and why couldn't Jack Hylton play In New York if all these 
Yanks can play In London?". 



More Americans Spught For 

George Black left, the other day, for New Tprk to find new American 
artists to top his London 'bills. Heather Thatcher is back at the 
Coll-seum, which seems to be the best we can do to save England, and 
the usual squeal tor' money , goes on all the time. < 

If It only joined up — Stage Guild, Actors^ Association and all the 
charities— something decent might be done for the 'profession. 

I am told that Gerald du M&urler has gohe,on a giiarantee next week 
at Golder's Green Hippodrome I Owen Nares has forsaken the legitimate 
stage tor musical coni«dy. Daly's theatre, recently a prOud tradition..; 
is now empty, and for sale. 

I bear cases of distress, among so-called stars that would stagger you. . 
And, all the time, the American - drum is banged by newspapers that 
should know better. 

The Dally Mall keeps on booming American shows— "Porgy," "The New 
Moon," "Funny Pace." In fact. Sir Alfred Butt and Charlie Cochran 
seem to run the Daily Mall, nowadays. 



Tallis, Where Art Thou 7 

Sir George Tallis recently came to London with a burst of trumpets, 
but all he has done besides buying "Mr. (jinders," which had already 
been produced on tour. Is to stage "The Patsy," "Little Accident" and 
now "Coquette," his only other thing being "Coo-ee," which Is a dud 
and a failure on tour be,fore he bought it e 

It seems to me all the managers are succumbing to American in- 
fluence. 



Drury Lane Makes a Change 

I met a prominent member of the Drury Lane staff the other day. 
"I hope we shall dp better now, that Harry Weichman has joined us," 
he said. 

Yet "The New Moon" has only been on a few weeks. Fancy Drury 
Lane coming to thati 

They have got Ulkers at the Palace "Talkers on the Stoll Picture 
Palace." . " 

Colonel O'Connor, who presided over a British Filmcraft lunch" yes- 
terday,, put the real situation, tincOnsciously, when, being an Irishman, 
he said, "Yet we are stainding here lying dormant." 



One New Play in a Week 

The only new play of the week was Arnold Ridley's "Keepers of 
Youth," which Is a bitter attack on the private school system, the char- 
acters being stupid, tale-bearing, or scoundrelly masters who expel a 
boy because he has taken a girl to . the pictures and whitewash a master 
who has seduced one of the staff: 

It was powerful and well acted. Yet, when the libraries met the man- 
agement after the show, all. they could say about a deal was that they 
would come back In a fortnight's time. There was the Election on, 
they said. Any excuse Is se{zed in England for bad business in the 
theatre. The Military, Tournament, this week, Is another alibi. 

JJondon's potential play-going populaUon is nearly 10,000,000. And yet, 
iiL^^?£&i?JB!;^i>itle sun or a little rain or some soldiers drill at Olympla, 
or there Is - a Coronation' 6r"lKei^i3n'tTr t!oronatlon—welW-iany^ 
has to be put up. 



the Guaranty Trust Co., after he 
had been divorced by Mabel Whit- 
ney, HOW Mrs, Dexter Blagden. 

The night club fracas .publicity 
was especially distasteful to the 
father of the young men Involved, 
as he and his present wife are 
spending their first season at New- 



port, having rented the villa of Mrs. 
R. T. Wilson; Mrs. Wilson, who, 
with her liusband. Is prominently 
Identified with the raising, season at 
Saratoga, retains possession ot the 
large studio building on the New- 
port estate and plans to Occupy it 
part - of the summer. 



Wednesday, June jf, 1929 



LEGIT I M A T E 



VARIETY 



65 



PUYS ON BROADWAY 



CHIPPIES 

Corned; drama In thr«e acts by Luther 
*tDtlsi FreBented at tlia B«lmont May 28 
w p, A. D. ProdUctlODS. O.ullen LanUls 
featured. Staeed by .C«orEe Snllthfleld. 

B«tb namseyv .Maud Brooha 

MrF, Emma Jiainsey.>.'.<.. .Maude Dayton 

Buby St4he... Kl:ir Uagnug 

Clay- Maxwell.;....,^..- 'Warren Colt 

S^sy Perrotta Cullen Landls 

Bammy Marcus Saul Z. Martell 

Ckarley Hloks.....( ....Omar Qlover 

Eddie Mack Thomaa GwKt 

..lack Olntet'ead Fred Ardaib 

I>fflcer I>uttes bynn Roo; 



. The actors must have heard the 
tlttei'lng out front -vi-hen "Chippies" 
«pen.ed at the Belmont. Perhaps 
.'tliey felt like prize fighters when 
the mob sounds the bird. However, 
boxers as a rule are not as tem- 
•perameHtal as stage people. Cer- 
tsllily the onlookers were not polite 
.Imt the play is very bad. 

Rather an old story of a small 
town girl leaving home and getting 
mixed up with the wrong people. 
There is some flip and raw stuff 
sow and then. Perhaps the vaude- 
-vilUan Fred Ardath figured the dirt 
g.ive the show a chance. 

Ardath Is in the show and so Is 
one of his vaudeville specialties, 
which he did in ''one," as a stew. 
. There is a reason for the bit, the 
^Bcene being in a Cleveland beer flat 
'whence he came to complain about 
•being thrown out or another Joint. 
'The Ardath bit, consuming 15 mln- 
,.iites or so, is the sole amusement 
of. "Chippies." 

Cullen Landls characterizes a beer 
' racketeer. 'When the heroine. Beth, 
of Paiiisvtlle, O.. meets him she is 
surprised that an Eytalian should 
'be so well groomed and so man- 
nerly. ' Landls did not impress as 
making his Tony real. 

On the opening night Beth and 
■ Tony return to mother. It is a two- 
robni set. Somebody is playing "In 
the 'Gloam'lng" on the organ in the 
■parlor.' That was ma's favoi'ite 
tune. She played it once or twice 
before, much to the annoyance . of 
the customers out front. They turn 
on the lights and And another play- 
ing the melody. A coffin -with 
flowers and mourners indicate that 
ma died of a broken heart. 

That was a black-out. Curtain 
was down. The mood of the spec- 
tators was such that had it arisen 
again, they'd have torn up the seats 
and hurled them onto the stage. 
However, that Campbell bit went 
out after the flrst performance and 
the play ends In a boudoir scene 
with Tony telling Beth they'll be 
wed. 

■Wherever they sent the coffin is 
&bout rlgbt for the rest of "Chlp- 
t>)e.s." Ihee. 



he plays It to steady laughs. An- 
other strong- comedy role Is by Mrs. 
Jacques Martin, his mother, as nat- 
ural a grandmother typ^e as there 
is on the stage. She has nothing 
to do with the story outside of in- 
forming the prize committee of her 
own daughter's lousy trick, buf-she 
is eosily one-half of the play with 
her excellent comedy characteriza- 
tion. The show's biggest howl is 
when she starts upstairs after a 
few moments of obvious concentra- 
tion and informs her questioning 
family that she's Just going to the 
bathroom. 

Beatrice Terry as the hard heart- 
ed sister does the type so bluntly 
she barely misses getting hissed. 
Others, with the exception of Wil- 
liam Haworth as young brother, are 
naturals for their parts. Haworth 
lisps and paints his eyebrows too 
pi-ottlly for a small town boy. 

There are times when the comedy 
becomes strictly farce, and pains- 
takingly broad, but this is not a 
fault to be bothered about in a low 
scaled show. Slight construction 
faults, including a somewhat draggy 
flrst act, are remediable. Opening 
night customers revealed themselves 
by wildly applauding entrance of 
the daughter after she had been 
announced the prize winner. 

No reason why this show shouldn't 
make a little money in the warm, 
out-of-town-trade season. Hitch- 
cock alone is worth $2 to a lot or 
people. 

The comedian's curtain speeoii 
sent the crowd away with the even- 
ing's only risque moment. Refer- 
ring to Mrs. Gann,' wife of 'Vice- 
President Curtis, he said she doesn'; 
care about how much her social as- 
sets are, it's where. 

("Tour Uncle Pudley" clased 
after its second performance last 
Monday night, for an indefinite pe- 
riod, due to illness of Raymond 
Hitchcock. He is in St. Luke's hos- 
pital, Chicago, under treatment for 
gastritis and heart trouble.) 

Bing. 



OUT-OF-TOWN REVIEW 



YOUR UNCLE DUDLEY 

Comedy by Howard Llndoay and Bertmnd 
Robinson, starrlne: Raymond Hitchcock: 
■taged by the autbors.- Directed by George 
Tyler. At Illinois, Cblcago, May 26. 

Mabel Dixon Cburcb Beatrice Terry 

Ethelyn Church Eleanor Hayden 

Janet Dixon Mrs. Jacques Martin 

Cyril Church William Haworth 

Dudley Dixon Raymond Hitchcock 

Christine Sederholm Hedwig Kopp 

Oharlle Post George Stilwell 

Robert KIrby James Bell 



Chicago, May 27. 

Another comedy of small town 
existence by the authors of "Tom 
my." It is funny and clean, well 
suited to the followers of Raymond 
Hitchcock and the tastes of a $2 
patronage. First night indications 
were for a moderate money run, 
here and in the! east. 

Two stories in the play, that of 
Hitchcock the lesser. He is a pub 
lie spirited citizen paid off In appre 
clatory loving cups while his paint 
business goes to the devil. His par- 
tial redemption comes -.vhen he finds 
no one willing to lend him tS.OOO in 
a crisis, but he remains sufficiently 
chumpy to work his head oft In 
bringing a big prize flght to the 
town in return for the loan and a 
long cherished gold cup. 

The other story concerns his sis- 
ter, a widow, who wanted to become 
a concert singer and blow the small 
town. She forcefully transferred 
this ambition to her daughter 
ceaselessly drilling her for a to, 000 
prize contest that would carry them 
both to Europe. 

The widow is a ruthless character, 
almost ruining her daughter's love 
affair, and seeing that she wins the 
contest by informing the other main 
contestant her grandfather has died 
Just a few minutes before the ellm 
inatiOTl starts. This is later dls 
covered by the prize committee, so 
the widow's daughter doesn't get 
the prize. 

Here the stories meet. Hitchcock 
him.self in love with a dame who 
couldn't maripy him with the sister 
ai'ouMd. d.emahds a $5,000 loan from 
one of^the'prlze'TlgKrcoiiimittee-be^ 
fore he signs any paper and gives 
It to the sister as payment of the 
old a«d haunting debt. The daugh 
ter runs off with her hoy friend and 
the .slater decides there's enoxigh tal 
ent in her other child, a boy. to 
merit a European trip on the $5,000 
for study, 

Hitchcock is the lovini; oup 
chump, TJncle Dudley. It's a loose, 
easy-going part, right in his lap, and 



Ing type In the whole layout. Grace 
Kern, holdln" np the fern end of 
the title, almost displayed a spark 
on her entrance that soon extin- 
guished. In her more dramatic mo- 
ments Miss Kern- only succeeded in 
becoming maudlin. Louis Heydt 
played Johnnie with circumspect 
precision. As the hick boob who 
didn't know what it was all about 
he overacted ttane and again. Leona 
Maricle's "NeUie" was about the 
nearest and most acceptable per- 
formance. Miss Maricle's person- 
ality and astute demeanor extracted 
Itself from the mess lorn; enough to 
attract attention. Of the other 
principals it remained a tossrup. 
-Anything so badly' written as this 
must allow the benefit of a doubt to 
Its performance. 

-Arriving at the brittle end of the 
season, with weather Just turning 
hot, this thing doesn't stand any 



S«a of Bouncers 



"Right Off . the Boat," a farOe with 
a musical scoi-e, was close to sink- 
ing early this iveek in a sea o:' 
bouncing checks. The show is spon- 
sored by Chamberlain Brown and 
his checks are reported to have been 
the'bobbing ones. 

The show was due to open in 
Philadelphia this week but the date 
was set back. That goes for the 
■Vanderbllt where the boat is due to 
anchor, if the engines don't break 
down. 



chance. On legitimate merit 
shouldn't last over two weeks. 

Loop. 



Shore Legit Tryout ]g 
Season in Jeopard 

Summer tryout legit bookings 
Asbury Park and Long Branch ha\' 
been delayed pending adjustment of 
the contract submitted to "Walter 
Reade by the stage hands of .the 
North Jersey shore resorts. 

Reade controls all the best houses 
in both resoits and has threatened 
to pass up legit entirely this sum- 
mer in favor of pictures unless the 
stage hands back down in their de- 
mands. 

A meeting between Rea.de and 
representatives of the union will be 
held this week In an attempt to 
straighten out the differences. 



Frankie and' Johnnie 

A. H. Woods presents a legendorj- melo- 
drama In three acts by John M. KIrkland. 
Staged by John D. Williams. Settings by 
P. Oodd Ackerman. At the AdelphI, Chi- 
cago, May 26, at IS top. 

Danny Edgar Nelson 

Lazy Ike Charles Henderson 

Nellie BIy Leona Marlcle 

Lady Lou Qeorgle Drew Mendum 

Count Kenneth Burton 

Jlmmle (waiter) Ralph Wordley 

Frankie Grace Kem 

A Man Ray Earle.i 

Lily Grace Peters 

Pansy Helene Slnnoti 

Johnnie ^ Louis Heydt 

John 'Walsh Preston Sturges 

Margy. The Dove Mary Brett 

Margy's Man John Altlerl 

Pansy's Visitor.... George CoIot 

Reynolds , Jack CIIITor.l 

And others. 



Chicago, May 27. 
A shining example of what can 
happen to theme songs of today In 
the future. "Frankie and Johnnie," 
bawdy ballad of yesterday, now be- 
comes a palpably distressing play, 
asinine in character, trite in dialoi; 
and distasteful In subject That a 
smart showman such as A. H. 
Woods should have lent his name 
to this reeking opus seems both a 
shame and an apology. 

To the representative first-night 
mob, inclusive of gamblers, racket 
men and others who expected to 
find it right In their kitchen, 
"Frankie and Johnnie" meant Just 
that much hooey and a couple of 
razzberries. It Is difficult to recall 
when anything approaching this in 
rank stupidity was eyer hung on o 
legit plank in this town. 

Reported to have come from a 
three-day tryout in New Rochelle, 
N. T., but the consensus on the 
opening night here was, it couldn't 
have made much difference. Unlike 
"Diamond Lll," the racy, raw and 
brothel-llke lines and atmosphere 
here Is anything but smart. Also, 
where the other extracted sophisti- 
cated laughs, this one falls with 
garrulous thuds on sickening snick- 
ers. Not only did the author suc- 
ceed In legendlzing a woman "done 
wrong," but at the same time did 
wrong by everyone concerned. In- 
cluding himself. 

If for educational purposes, thert- 
Is, for instance, a hallway scene in 
the second act where a fllle de Jole 
directs a patron to "the door to the 
right, dearie; I'll be right with you." 
It brought an abbreviated howl 
from a certain section in the housi?. 
Another supposedly spicy Item is a 
bit of profanity when least called 
for or anticipated. 

Story hangs on a shred to the 
lyrics of the original song, only in- 
verted from colored to white char- 
acters. A drab and lifeless set-and- 
a-half covers the three acts where 
action takes place. It Is a brothel 
and barroom on the levee at St. 
Louis In 1849. Frankie Is the battle- 
scarred magdnlene, bitten by the 
refoi-matory bug when she lamps 
the hayseedy Johnnie, blowing into 
town with a bulging roll. But there 
Is Nelile BIy, loyal and upright to 
the "profession," who believes a 
mark Is a sucker in any kind of 
Tilothcsf — Fr.T-nkie-wln.s-her-man al:. 
most, by the tip of a gat, falls hard 
and hits the pavements for him, only 
to be done wrong in the end, witn 
the loquacious Ely gal cashing iu 
on her hard-earned lucre. Then 
comes the denouement when John- 
nie Is burhped off by the enracp<l 
Fr.inkle and ' the last line to Uvj i 
redoubtable ditty Is skipped off by 
the piano player. ••' ) 

Hokey-pokey, with not a.convinc- 







OF 




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VARIETY 



LE G rtf M A T E 



Wednesday, Jtine 5, 1029 



SAHBEAtT itL AGAIN 

Oakland, Cal., June 4. : 
Marjorle Rnmbep.u , suffered aud-j 
.en iDdlsppsltlon at tUe end of tUo 
first act ot "Rain" at the -FuUpn last 
week and the audience ,was dismtas-' 
cd with a refund. 

Following day Marian RIenrs step-, 
i " Into the role and continues this 
week in "The Cradle Snatchers." 

Miss Rambeau hM sailed for Hon- 
olulu to recover. 



Love Remaino 



Philadelphia, June 4. 

An item to the effect that Sam- 
uel Nlrdllnger would sttpplant 
Thomas M. liove as general mana- 
ger for A. It. Erlanger, Is Incorrect; 

Nlrdllnger persoHally .represent^ 
Erlanger. Love retains his position 
which is not a confllctlon.. 

Lovo represents ' the. 'garner- 
Stanley interest In the Erlanger. 
houses. 




Producers df Revues and 
Mtmcal Comedies 




will furnish ittie - maierlal " and 
laughs to .911 THAT spot where 
comedy Is. needed, 

AddiesB Variety, New Tork 



Breedlove Strands Go. 
.! In Northwest; Vanishes 

Spokane, June 4. 
Tiio sheriff as well aa members 
of his company have started a 
search for Chnrles "W. Breedlove, 
dramatic stock promoter-producer 
and nctor, wlio folded his dramatic 
stock In Lewiston, Idaho, and van- 
-ishcd. 

Breedlove has failed to meet sal- 
aries at the Temple theatre. The 
company was closed at' the Audito- 
rium theotre here two weeks ago, 
when the police and sheriff were 
called to quell a riot on the part of 
stage hands in an attempt to col-, 
lect wages. At that time, Breedlove 
announced his guarantee In Lewis- 
ton for a-summer stock 'season. The 
season lasted only one week 

First Intimation that anything 
was wronp was when the actors of 
Breedlove's company arrived at the- 
theatre Sunday morning for final re-; 
hearsal. It then was leraned that' 
Breedlove had departtid. Three femi- 
nine members of the company also 
were missing. 



t}pBT APTEB UAYAN 

Los Angeles, June 4; 
Joihn Cort, recovered irdm a herv-; 
6us bi'eakdown after sojourning on 
the desert tor three months. Is ne- 
gbtlECtlng for a lease oh the Mayan 
iVieatre. 

Cort Is desirous of making a hum- 
b'er ' of mueical productions during 
the early summer. 



CHPEITS jaUITT HECTS 

Annual , meeting of the Cliorus 
Equity Association resulted in the 
election of the regular ticket, con-' 
sietliig of Paul DuHzell, chairman 
of executive committee; and Qath- 
!crtne Aiith, recording eeoretary. 

Executlvei' Committee members 
elected to serve for three years were 
Maude Carleton, Elizabeth Crendall, 
Olga Grannia, Louise Joyce, 'Valerie 
Petri, Allen Stevn, Jack "Wynn; for 
t)r,o years, Peggy Messlnger andGua 
Schilling; fpr one. year, 'William J. 
Bailey and' Joseph ^ann, 

Vii'ginia Smith in Stock 

St. Louis, June 4. 
Virginia Smith ha.z been engaged 
for the full 10 -week season of the 
DeTmar Gardens musical stock. 

It opens with "Louis XIV," Leon 
Frrol in original role. . 

.'^ihow plays nlgtktly only, but peo 
pie rehearse each doming. 



••MUSIC'IN MAY*' COU) 

"Music In May," the Shiibert mu- 
sical comedy, closes next Saturday 
after 10 weeks on Broadway and 
22 weeks previously on the road. 
Made no dough in New Tork, but 
had favorable box office returnsf 
while touring. 



STABBING BOLES 

Los Angeles, June 4, 
John Boles has been elevated to 
stardom by Universal. 

He Will be starred in three pic- 
tures next year, aM musical come- 
dies. 



VETS' MINSTBEI SHOW 

The . Legionaries >llnstrel show, 
consisting of 40 actors who haye 
seen service in the 'World 'War, have 
been ° booked for theatres in the 
south. 



"Almanack" Later 

John Murray Anderson's new 
musical revue, "Almahaclt,". scliied-; 
uled for presentation July 8,> has 
been postponed until July 28. 

Duflln and Draper, eccentric com-; 
edy dancers, currently at the Capi- 
tol, New Tork, have been added to: 
tt. lineup. 



"Dancing Daughters" Showing 

"Dancing Daughters," comedy, by 
Pi-ltz Blockl, Chicago newspaper- 
man. Is getting an eastern showing 
at 'Werba'3, Brooklyn, this week. 
Block! received a two-week leave 
of absence from the Chicago Amer- 
ican, to attend the opening. 

George Merely, producing. 



. Ctoaed in Montreal 

"This Tear of Grace" closed 'in 
Montreal Saturday. The company 
Intact sailed f r London aboard the 
Canadian Pacific liner Regina Sun- 
day, 



Kay Johnson Set 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Kay Johnson, who came here to 
play 'in "Dynamite" for Cecil DeMllle, 
will remain at M-G-M for a term. 



Stage Hands Convention | 

Th<j next stage hands' (LA.T.S.E.); 
convention will not be held until 
June, 1930. The executive commit- 
tee will decide upor. a convention 
place at Its next session. 

Donaghey's Hospital Vacation 

Chicago, June 4. - 
Fred Donaghey, drama critic for 
the .Chicago Tribune, out ot St; 
Luke's hospital after general phy'8i> 
cal ti^tments. 



Literati 



(Continued from page 62) ' 

ilia Pop, is reported financially in- 
terested with his mother-in-law in 
a non-fuselage aeroplane- Secret 
plant Is supposedly In Qlendale,, 
Cal., with yoting George flying down 
almost weekly from Frisco to . see 
how things are going. A few Glen- 
dule residents claim to have seen 
what looks like just^a wing of a 
plane flying around. 

Whether, it's sc. or not George 
Iiaa settled upon' his tiobby as flying. 
Boys claim he can spot a plane 
miles away and call off the .motor, 
wing spread, etc., without a second 
look. 

Leyser Syndicating 

'Billy Leyser, connected 'with mo- 
tion pictures- In publishing' houses,: 
newspapers and as publicity writer; 
for 14 years," will eiiter the he\vs- 
paper'- syndicate fleld In association 
with Tommy .Hill, . uiustraitor and 
art director, . 

. ■ Leyser has resigned as- publicity 
chief for Inspiration. Offlces will be 
in Hollywood. 



Could HappiBn in Brooklyn 
The classified adv manager of a 
Brooklyn paper wad approached by 
a New Tork dally to come over and 
handle Up departhient. Mention of 
$300 salary was made, the Brook- 
lyn man' sayliig ^he got miore than 
that, being a big ■ shot with his 
paper. The executive for the New 
Tork paper then said he \ra'^ au- 
thorized to offer high as fEOO a 



week. The Brooklyn fellow almost, 
gasped, saying "What, every week'/" 
'When the first ' figure had been 
mentioned he was thinking on a 
monthly basis, ' But he got the new 
Job and at the halt a . grand weekly 
basis. 



Block's New Duties 

Paul Block and his associates are 
now in charge of all national ad- 
verflalng" for the New Tork dally 
and ' ' Sunday American. 'William 
Randolph Hearst's namo was at- 
'tached to an announcement to that 
effect last week. In addition to his 
newly assumed duties Block Is adr 
vertlslng manager of the Pictorial 
Review, aiid publishes a string of 
newspapers. 

He. is also the owner of the New- 
ark. "Interriatlonal ' League baseball 
club. . ' ■ 



Marriage .-Oag 
. Edward C. Uowdeii, newspaper 
man, formerly with Loew's, - was 
rharrted to Thera Mollne, non-pro. 
A grag In front of the church has, a 
lai-ge sign reading: 

"Edward Dowden, The Great 
Lover. It's A Secret. All 'Wel- 
come." 



Too' Bold 
The siartta Fuller, who authored 
"Their- Own Desire," one of the new 
Dou'bleday,' Doran books; Is believed 
to. be Ellen Glasgow, that concern's 
ace authoress. The story's bold- 
ness may b the reason for the 
pseudonym. 




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wishes to employ the exclusive services of a few more 

TEACHERS OF STAGE DANCING 

irhe wohld appreciate 'steady emplojment at Rood monrT — Bt weelcs in tlie year 

. For "Musical'Comedy" Dancing -Instructors 
Want Gentlemen Mrho hav6' had plenty of stage experience in the Be ft Musical 
Prodaetions. Only those who can originate and stage modern "individual," 
.. ."(Rouble" or "group" dances will be considered. 




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JVLY 1 TO At^ 10 

For IinECT0BS,TEACHi3S, ADVANCE^ OF OBAHA 

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Problems of Play Production 
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Costume ■ Design _ Phonetics 



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Technical Work 
Scene Design 



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NOTICE 

All rights to the comedy drama with iniislc, "SIS HOPKINS," ex-, 
cepting the moving picture (dumb), are' owned and controlled by the 
undersigned. These reserved rights Include the ."talkie" Irlghts. Fer- 
fnleelon to use the .play In stock may be obtained from. Darcy & 
'Wolford as usual. 

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Booking Exclusively Through ' His Ov>n Office 

1 560 Broadivajf 
New York Citp 

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ATTEj^^^ION! Revue Managers and Producers Who Want New Faces 

^ ■ ■■■ ■'^ — XAPlTOLrmW YORKy W^ JUNE I _ 



PRESS COMMEJNT 



.. 'Paramount Tl\eatre. These 
three lads have great personal- 
ities .. . can certainly step, their 
routining being far out of . the 
ordinary . ,. . nothing short of 
sensational."— N. T. J'Telegrnph," 



THREE SLATE BROS 

"ARISTOCRATS OF THE DANCE" . 



ATTENTION! 



Appearing 

2:20 -• 
5:00 
7:30 
9:30 

Per Rep. 
AL KNIGHT 
Bruce Smith Offices 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



L E G IT IM ATE 



VARIETY 



55 



Society Girls as Chorus 



Portland, Ore., June 4. 

Henry DufCy Players tried nov- 
ejty business getter, 'bjr s,taBlng mu- 
sical comedy '■ version o( "No, No, 
Nanette," with chorus of Junior 
League girls. 

The society chorines, led by Kath- 
erlne Laldlaw, local danco teacher, 
did their etull okay and brought 
good business. Regular cast took 
principal roles. 



Black-and-white Pit 
Crew for "Great Day" 

When Vincent Toumans* new mu- 
sical, "Great Day," opens in a few 
weeks at the Cosmopolitan, New 
York, It will have an orchestra of 
30, comprising Fletcher Hertderson's 
colored band of 11 pieces and a 
white aggregation of 19. 

The combined musicians will sup- 
ply the accompaniment for the en- 
tire show, 



EQUITY MINIMUM CONTRACT 



(Continued from page 50) 
term hereof remain a member of Equity in good standing, and this agree, 
ment or representation shall be of the essence of this contract. 

Arbitration Procedure 

Q. The party demanding arbitration shall give to the other party a 
notice In writing of the nature of his claim by filing a written complaint 
with the American Arbitration Association and with Equity, and the 
party complained against shall have Ave days after the flllng of such 
complaint with the American Arbitration Association within which to 
Die an answer. The arbitration shall be conducted before one arbitrator 

..(hereinafter called "UMPIRE") unless eitlier party shall In his complaint 
or answer request a hearing before three arbitrators (hereinafter called 
."ARBITRATORS"). Within ten days after the : filing of the complaint 
.with said Arbitration Association the umpire shall be mutually agreed 
upon, ahd;.in the absence of mutual, agreement he shall be appointed by 
the American Arbitration Association. Wliere ARBITRATORS are 
cliosen, each party within ten days after the flllng of the complaint with 
tlie American Arbitration Association sliall choose one arbitrator, and the 
two_so chosen shall within five days thereafter choose a third: if they 
foil so to do within sa:id Ave days, said third arbitrator shall be chosen by 
the American Arbitration' Association. Should one party appoint an 
ai'bitrator a;nd the other fall to appoint an arbitrator within the time 
specined, the second arbitrator shall be cliosen by tiie American Arbi- 
tration Association. The Actors' Equity Association may choose the 

, arbitrator .for the Actor. 

Delivery of Contract 

' R. Simultaneous execution and delivery of this agreement shall be 
made between Producer and Actor; othcrwi.se same is void, at Actor's 
option. ■ 

Reliearsals Are Work 

S. Ail rehearsals shall be construed as work. 

Place of Performance 

T. If the blank in clause 2 of the face of the contract regarding place 
of performance is not fliled in, the place shall be the place of engagement 
of the Actor. Any other place shall be Resident Location. 

Employment Contlnuoua 

U. The essence of this contract is continuous employment. 

Production Prosecuted' 

V. Should there be made against the actor any claim or charge either 
civil or criminal that his participation in the production constitutes a 
violation of any statute, ordinance or law of the United States or any 
State or municipality, tlie Producer shall defend the Actor at his own 
expense, shall provide bail for him and shall further make the Actor 
whole for any loss or damage which lie mfiy suiter on account of such 
claim or charge. 



^EQUITY SHOP" NOW 

(Continued from page 60) 
and there are many Instances 
where actors have been made to 
work sixteen, eighteen and even 
twenty hours at a stretch and to 
keep it up day after day. There 
are other abuses too numerous to 
mention but well known to tlie 
people Involved. These were bound 
to arise when an Industry like the 
motion pictures becomes so vast and 
has no restrictions placed upon its 
employees. 

Some people assume that the life 
of the screen .actor is easy because 
of the long waits, but Uils Is not so. 
There is an exhaustion which sets 
In toward the end of the day partly 
due to the hanging around, and 
partly to the fierce lights and tlie 
Intense heat from the powerful 
lamps. Everyone sayt, that the 
strain Is much greater now than 
formerly because the actor has to 
remember lines hastily learned as 
well as the hundred and one things 
which in the old days were prompt- 
ed through the megaphone. 

Six months ago we mailed a ques- 
tionnaire to our members in l.os 
Angeles, the main que!;tlon of which 
was as follows: "Are you in favor 
of the Council passing a resolution 
prohibiting members from acting In 
speaking parts in talking pictures 



unless all speaking parts are filled 
by Equity members?" In reply to 
this 1087 answered "yes" and 88 
"no." or ten to one in the afflrma 
tive. Since then there has been a 
large movement of Equity members 
to Los Angeles from the legitimate 
theatre and the proportion, we be- 
lieve, would be even larger today. 
Please bear in mind that this was 
no resolution passed in a moment 
ot excitement at a general meeting, 
but a calm, deliberate opinion which 
in some cases the members con- 
sidered for six weclcs. The result 
of this questionnaire is clearly 
mandate and tlie Council gladly ac- 
cepts It as such. 

The resolution printe<'. over has 
been passed by the Council and 
under the constitution It is your 
bounden duty to observe it. In 
plain Irjiguage the resolution means 
that from June 6th on you can only 
accept an engagement In sound and 
talking pictures if you sign up on 
the new Equity contract specially 



prepared to cover that class of 
work, a copy of which Is enclosed, 
or If you are offered a term con- 
tract then It must contain our 
fundamental principles. All con- 
tracts signed before that date are to 
be played out thougli the contract 
must be brought to the • ne.irest 
Equity office ty the member aCCect- 
ed so that their date ot termination 
can be registered. 

'We believe that the bulk of the 
producers will accept the situation 
without much protest because in 
the final analysis standardl'^sed con- 
ditions protect the best of them by 
eiiniinating unfair commercial com- 
petition which is frequently indulged 
in by the less considerate. 'We have 
never doubted lliat the spirit of 
1919 and of 1924 still animates our 
members, and if that spirit Is mob- 
ilized behind Equity's effort we de- 
clare that Equity Shop in sound and 
talking pictures Is here to stay. 
'With best wishes, I am, 
Sincerely, 
FRANK GILLMORB, 
President. 

Resolution 

The resolution passed by -the 
Council In part reads; 

Resolved, -That on and after the 
5th day of June, 1929, Eqnlty mem- 
bers may work only In companies 
making sound and/or talking pic 
tures, and operated by any producer, 

(a) when all members of said 
company or of any company or com 
panics controlled o- operated by the 
producer who speak a line or do 
work on the stage, set or location of 
an Individual character or nature are 
members of Equity In good standing 
and continue to be such during the 
term of employment of any Equity 
member; and 

(b) when the prdoucer has fully 
performed and is fully performing 
the covenants In each employment 
contract with each Equity actor in 
each of his companies. 

That portion of the resolution 
which provides for punishment to 
members who violate the new ruWs 
reads: 

Further resolved. That any mem- 
ber (including all those whose res- 
ignations have not been accepted by 
the Council) who shall fail to ob- 
serve each and every of the afore- 
going resolutions may be suspended 
for a prolonged term and otherwise 
penalized at the discretion of this 
Council; further that during said 
term of discipline or suspension or 



Freedley Coast Prodocing 



Vinton Freedley, of Aarons and 
Freedley, Is expected to leave for 
Hollywood shortly to assist In pro- 
ducing musical pictures for Warner 
Bros. 

Aarons and Frcedley's "Treasure 
Girl" with Gershwin music was re- 
cently bought by Pathe. 



T. A. M. Election Held 
June 14; Control Changes 

An election of a new set of officers 
for the Association of Theatrical 
Agents and Managers has been set 
for June 14. 

The recalcitrant group within the 
union which demanded a new deal 
Is headed by Charles Stewart. This 
faction, said to consist of the bulk 
of members In good standing, suc- 
ceeded In Bci-applng the present 
A. T. A. M. constitution, charged 
to have been adopted ■ 'without the 
knowledere of the member^Ip. 

Joe Robie w&s n^m^d >s tem- 
porary sec.-treas. at last week's pre- 
liminary meeting, replacing Milton 
T. Middleton, resigned. That ap- 
pointment . terminated salaries and 
any other expenditures for the time 
being. 

The meeting was in charge of 
William Collins, New York slate 
organizer for the American Pedera- ' 
tlon of Labor. Mike Collins, Bos- 
ton laborite, who aided in organlz- 
the A. T. A. M,, was also pres- 
ent. Hq attempted to pacify the 
objecting group but was voted 
down. 

A new election was to hiave been 
held, but the union leaders per- 
suaded the session to proceed slow- 
ly, and the later dote was set. 

Theodore MitcTiell, president of 
the union, who is alleged to have 
.framed the by-laws and. constltur 
tlon without ratification of the 
members, was not present. 



both no membei;" of the Association ; 
(except- those having -existing conr ; 
tracts as afore8ald)''Bhall appear In ■ 
the same cast with -such person, or 
BuspondeS member eltlier' In. "le- 
gitimate,'?, musical comedy, 6tock. or 
in pictures (either sound ot talking 
pictures), or in any field over which 
this Association has Jurisdiction. ' 




WM.J.KELLY 

THE ORIGINAL 

DR. LESLIE STEVENS 

Disguised in "OILY" JOE'S SPEAKEASY as 

**Feeler** the Blind Man 



(Eddie Connelly's Friend) 

The Two Leading Character Roles 



IN 



44 



Dr. Stevens in the Prologue 




BROTHERS 

with BERT LYTELL 

By HERBERT ASHTON, Jr. 

27 WEEKS IN NEW YORK 

AT 48th STREET THEATRE 




Dr. Stevens 28 Years Later 



MR. KELLY TERMINATED HIS ENGAGEMENT 
with ^'BROTHERS" June 1 



Dr. Stevens Disguised as 
"Feeler" at "Oily" Joe's Place 



Leading Roles in Broadway Successes 
DAVID BELASCO.. "THE LILY- 
COHAN & HARRIS "THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR" 

CHAS. FROHMAN "THE TRUTH- 
WILL ARDMACKV.^ r;;^vVVV^7; v;vv;rrrvv r.-..vv.. v.. .«THEB1G-GH ANC&'.. 
J. NUGENT. "KEMPY" 

And Many Others 
AUSO FEATURED IN SEVERAL MOTION PICTURES 

Permanent Address/THE LAMBS' CLUB, New York 




Dr. Stevens Disguised as 
"Feeler" at "Oily" Joe's Place 



58 



VARIETY 



RADIO-MUSIC 



Wcdnesdajr, Jiine' 5, 1829 



Random Rambles 

By Abel Green . 



One of the prettiest rooms In the 
country was flashed In Chicago. It's 
the Balloon Room of the Hotel Con- 
gress where, to a $1.50 and $3 cou- 
vort (latter on week-ends), Gene 
Fosdick holds forth with his society 
octet of dance music purveyors. 

Fosdick is a Palm Beach favorite 
and knows how to dispense the 
dansapatlon to please the younger 
set. He handles a nifty sax and 
also vocalizes smartly. 

Frobably second to the new Josef 
Urban root garden room ntop the 
Hotel William Penn is the Congress' 
balloon room. For dinners, Fosdick 
la in the Pompeiian Room. 



Set- Up* Out 

In the Congress hotel they will 
not serve cracked Ice ond set-ups 
In the rooms, but In the Edgewater 
Beach Hotel, whether or not you 
order Perrler water, they do not 
serve set-ups. The obsequious 
waiter flashes a card of instructions 
to the effect that "the Edgewater 
Beach hotel management will not 
tolerate drinking on the premises," 
and that accessories will not be 
served, and one has no alternative 
but not to make It too tough for 
the waiter. 

Teddy Florlto, composer-conduc- 
tor of his orchestra at the Edge- 
water, plays a mixed concert and 
dance program, winding up with 
the latter. A glee club effect fea- 
tures the vocalization, although 
"Dusty" Rhodes, formerly of Ted 
Weems' combination. Is the Individ- 
ual singing highlight 

Florlto also has a good accord- 
ionist in Frank Fapulla. 



Ray Miller Freed from Debt 

Ray Miller, who Is an MCA at- 
traction at the Lincoln Tavern, Mor- 
ton Grove, outside of Chicago, states 
he was discharged from bankruptcy 
last week. 

At the same neck of the road is 
Coon-Sanders at the Dells, where 
ginger ale and mineral waters are 
served with a tag expressly Inform- 
ing the patron that such are fur- 
nished under the precise opinion 
that they will not be used as mixers 
for intoxicating beverages. 

CoonTSanders were the Chi big 
thing until Lombardo's advent, but 
after a load of both, there . Is no 
gainsaying the latter's prowess. 
Lombardo's organization possesses 
versatility, entertainment and gen- 
eral syncopation merit. C-S is a 
straight dance combo with the joint 
maestros having some 'Oocal ability 
as well. Compared to Ray Miller, 
their roadhouse, the Dells, Is doing 
the bulk business. 

They have several supporting floor 
show specialists in Bonlta Frede, 
blues warbler; Gagnon and Brough- 
ton, dancers, and Suzanne France, 
prima. 



Meeting 'Em 

Personalities: Bee Palmer meet 
Ing Lenny Hayden, one of Paul 
'Whltoman's crack pianists, at the 
Union Depot in Chi. Bee's going 
west and looks great. Bet for the 
talkers. Claims Lenny's been her 
best piano accompanist since Al 
Siegcl. .. .Harold Leonard, now an 
Edgar Benson orchestra booking 
exec, also has a smart band at the 
Palmer House. When be comes 
back to Broadway Harold will be a 
cinch click next year. . . .Rocco Voc 
■CO, Benny Meroff, Milton Well, Al 
Bellln, et al. dropping in on White 
man. . . . 

Fine Laboratories 

Jack Kapp, one of the brightest 
recording men In the business, 
showed what is probably the flnest 
suite of recording laboratories in 
the world. Brunswick opens them 
formally this week. The new labs 
are situated atop the 21st floor of 
the Furniture Mart Bldg. in Chi- 
cago, thus giving the executive 
oRlccs more space in the Brunswlck- 
Balke-Collender Bldg. on South Wa- 
bash avenue. 

As a stunt, if Al Jolaon can't 
come on from the coast to preside 
at the inaugural festivities of the 
new labs, Davey Lee, Jolson's kid 
And, who is making personal ap- 
^arances for B&K in Chicago, will 
be accorded the distinction of mak~ 
Ing the first recording for Bruns- 
wick in the new lab. 



New ABC Network's 
Agency m New York 



A booking agency for radio at- 
traction la being established for the 
new American Broadcasting Com- 
pany's national net work in New 
York. Claude Bostock, formerly a 
Keith agency agent and a vaude- 
ville producer for many years will 
be in charge of the ABC ofTice. 

Bookings win be started at once. 
The ABC expects to be in national 
operation by Labor Day. Its first 
station hookup was held without 
blare in Chicago, June 1. 



Jo! Ws Talker Royalties 



Al Jolson received $150,000 from 
Warner Bros, for his "Slriging Fool" 
production, but will earn almost as 
much from the aong and record roy- 
alties of the picture's hits, "Sonny 
Boy" and "Rainbow Round My 
Shoulder." 

As an exclusive Brunswick re- 
cording artist and getting a royalty 
on all domestic and foreign Impres- 
sions of these selections, Jolson al- 
ready has been paid close to $66,000 
in royalties and will gross $100,000 
from the records. 

The North American sales alone 
have exceeded' 1,000,000 disks of the 
Jolson theme songs. 



Tlie Whispering Coast 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
As a protection against tune: 
and idea hijackers, M-G haia 
issued strict orders to em- 
ploiyees, prohibiting the jslng-^ 
ing or playing of any newlaong. 
or musical number written for 
its pictures until after publica- 
tion rights, have been released. 



Restricted Songs Taken 
Out of Helen Kane's Act 



McNamee Rnined Mike 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

Graham McNamee's constant in- 
terpolations at- the Indianapolis au- 
tomobile races Memorial Day ruin- 
ed the efforts of Daimour Produc- 
tions to record the actual sound of 
the event via radio. 

Film company wanted effects for 
insertion in a forthcoming produc- 
tion. 



Lynn Cowan's Big Head 

San Francisco, June 4. 

One of the largest signs in the 
city for an individual now graces 
the side of Loew's Warfleld. 

It's a head portrait of Lynn 
Cowan, m. c, and covers the entire 
width and height of the seven 
story building facing Market street. 



Schwab & Mandel, producers of 
"Follow Thru," and T. B. Harms, 
publisher of "I Want to Be Loved 
by You," hit sohg of Arthur Ham- 
mersteln's "Good Boy," stepped in 
after the opening show Sunday and 
demanded . that Helen Kane elim- 
inate the restricted sonj^s from her 
act. 

Hammer^tein is reported still a 
bit peeved at Miss Kane for blow- 
ing his show. The song and the girl 
have become synonymous lately, but 
Hammerstein and Harms hold the 
rights. 

Two numbers from "Follow Thru" 
were used by Miss Kane, but or- 
dered deleted by Schwab & Mandel. 
The producers and show were given 
credit on - the Palace program for 
the songs, with Miss Kane also in- 
cluding them in a stage announce- 
ment, describing "Follow Thru" as 
"that sensational hit."- 

The restricted numbers were the 
body of the Kane act' Sunday. She 
was forced to do a new routine 
Monday matinee. 



Chi's Disk Broadcaster 



Chicago, June 4. 

National Radio Advertising is an- 
other gigantic spot disk broadcast- 
ing enterprise headquartered here. 
They have Maytag (washing ma- 
chine), Marmola, Sylvanla Foresters 
and other advertising accounts for 
whom they "can" disk programs, 
with the records circulated to 58 key 
stations for simultaneous blanketing 
of the country at one and the same 
time for a national plug. 

Sylvanla Foresters, formerly an 
important NBC account, switched to 
this type of etherizing from 
"canned" disk programs. 

Brunswick's recording labora- 
tories are utilized by the company 
for these records. 



COAST STATIONS TIE-IN 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

KOFJ, Los Angeles, and KFOX, 
Long Bench, have tied up for mutual 
broadcasting. 

Hook-up started May 29. 

Stations have the Silver Fizz and 
Richfield hours as chief accounts. 



EAPBONI SUICIDE 

Chicago, June 4. 
Out of work for several months 
and despondent, Wendell Kapronl, 
24, banjo player, committed suicide 
by an overdose of poison. In a note 
addressed to a friend he asked that 
his wife, Bobbie, be notified in 
FUnt, Mich. 



. Frisco Wrapped Up Beezer 

Joe Frisco denies he's going pic- 
tures. Got a toad of Joe's newly 
renovated shnozzola at the opening 
o£ the new Frolics floor show where 
Hal Hlxon m. c.'d his revue to Sol 
Wagner's orchestra, Frisco's beezer 
is still under wraps. 



Dough in Theme Songs 

Teddy~Florlto-wrotaji,theine-JO.n& 

for his Edgewater- Beach hotel titled 
"On the Edge of the Waiter I'll Be 
Edgln' Over to You." It boosted 
his royalties through the hotel's 
buying it up in bulk and distribut- 
ing complimentary copies to guests. 
Ouy Loinbardo similarly, authored n 
theme song for a mineral water, 
known as "Sleepy Waters," for 
Which he received $1,000 and Is also 

. cashing in on through general ex- 
ploitation on royalty baala from the 
publishing rlfihtik 



Young's Radio Job 

Chicago, June 4. ' 
Victor Young, music arranger tor 
B. & K. theatres and for a while 
stagehand leader at the Oriental, is 
on a leave of absence to conduct 
Atwater Kent NBC, broadcasts for 
four weeks, with ah option. 



Writers Return West 

Jack Yellen and Milton Ager wilt 
return to the coast Saturday after 
b&\ng in New York for two weeks. 
They will start work on M-G-M's 
"Road Show,'' musical. 



Feldman Renewal 

Warner-Wltmarks has renewed 
its contract with Bert Feldman, the 
English publisher, for another two 
years. Feldman, in New York for 
one month to got a load of the 
talker and music field here, re- 
turned to Iiondbn Friday, 



— — ^— Caidwell-Tiepney-Talker~^.»^ 
Anne Caldwell la engaged through 
Max Hart to write a inualcal talker 
for RKO in aasociatlou with Harry 
Tierney. . 



Judgments 



Evan Burrows Fontaine; C- V 
"Sonny" Whitney; $131. 



DonaU Murray Dead 



Los Angeles, June 4. 
' Donald Murray, 26. saxophon? 
player with Ted Lewis' Band, died 
Sunday In the Dickey and Camp 
Hospital from concussion of the 
brain. 

Murray was found on the street 
unconscious Thursday night. Prom 
the nature of his wound police were 
inclined to believe he was struck by 
a blunt Instrument rather than by 
a hit-and-run automobile. 

At the Inquest it was brought our 
musician had over $100 In cash on 
his body removing theft as a pos- 
sible motive. He was a son of a 
Chicago clergyman. 



Up in the Air 

By Mark Vance 



After listening to FranKlln F6ril 
toss high-powered explosives at the 
Catholics via his own station, 
WHAP. it Is surmised why he is so 
bitterly opposed to the proposed 
censorship of tlie . air. Ford has 
used the air often to tell the radio- 
eyed world what he thinks of them 
and what should be done to bridle 
some of their alleged political prop- 
aganda. 

. Ford about wore himself to a 
whisper last week. One moment he 
was pleading with his hearers to 
get . busy and send In money for 
what he terms "Radio Chain Work" 
and . kept repeating, the . station's 
phone number, while the next mo- 
ment he devoted to a protest against 
the Senate bill favoring censorship. 



Ford may be a rabid religious nut 
or whatever a man of that type may 
be, yet he should give a little at- 
tention to . his station programs. 
They arc about the worst on the air. 

Lower Stations Lower 

So low have the lower station 
programs sunk that it is almost a 
waste of effort' to even turn the 
dials and tiine in for songs and in- 
strumental numbers that reminds 
one of the musical conservatory 
graduating programs. Tttat unmis- 
takable touch of the amateur. Selec- 
tions are generally the same. 

To obtain a contrast tune in on 
the Atwater-Kent Sunday night, 
then try to tolerate that lower wave 
length stuff. 



Talk on Circuses 

Robert (Uncle Bob) Sherwood, 
veteran circus clown, via WJZ un- 
der the caption of the Dixie Circus, 
has a touch of' the dramatic in his 
pipes. It intensifies his talk. 
' Last week Sherwood told of the 
trials and tribulations of the circus 
treasurer named Blackie whose 
shortchanging of the yokels resulted 
In a free-for-all fight It was splen- 
didly told, with Sherwood giving a 
graphi: explanation of circus terms 
used. 

A special band enlivens Sher- 
wood's white top spiel. 



WHN Slipping 

It wasn't long ago that WHN had 
one night club after another ' and 
much of the popular tuning in was 
for that station. Now with its time 
split up and the station apparently 
depending upon its Tommy (^ihrls- 
tian music from Palisades park 
WHN or WPAP (same station and 
wave length) it seems time some- 
thing be done with its programs. 

WHN heeds a tonic. 



Amateur Actors 

Dramatic sketches are rising 
higher but none has established un- 
precedented popularity. 

Seems funny one of the stations 
doesn't employ a high-priced stel- 
lar cast versatile enough to enact 
the present style skits. 

In most all the air plots one or 
two members of the cast stand out. 
Others are so mediocre and palpably 



amateurish it rulna the Impression. 

Sameness of the musical pro- 
grams may put the good dramatics 
into more ether popularity it they 
are properly handled. 

City's Station Flopping 

Too much artiflclEil coloring to 
the WNYC, New York city con- 
trolled station. ' Now and then a 
good feature but more then than 
now. 

Some of these days before the sta- 
tion drops into utter oblivion 
through need of attractive programs 
the city dads may appropriate some 
more money for worthwhile fea- 
tures. 

They say the city station sends 
out police reports about missing 
persons, etc. Guess only those in- 
terested in a missing relative tune 
in and they already know it. 

Bands In Favor 

Bands in pretty big favor at pres- 
ent on the air. One of the best beta 
Is that U. S. Army band which is 
getting away from its old stereo- 
typed march stuff into some of the 
topical and musical show tunes. 
. Arthur Pryor's band, under the 
Schadertown Band period via 
WEAF, is another knowing and 
playing musical onions. 



Gimbel's Left Behind 

About time that Qtmbel bunch 
loosened up and made WGBS rise 
a few points in the program classi- 
fication. 

This station has everything but 
attractive features. The way the 
Bamberger store in Newark skated 
air circles around Gimbel's in the 
radio competition is the talk of the 
commercial world. 



Flashes 

"The Whistler and the Dog" is the 
most-demanded pipe organ piece on 
the air. Due to its novelty and 
trick stuff... Song plugging con- 
tinues unabatedly. . .Morton Downey 
on the Hudson-Essex hour and got 
$400... Fans still falling for the an- 
cient gag of sending in their names 
and getting a photo of the bands or 
entertainers. . . Herbert's Jewelry 
store plugging has enticed others 
onto the air. Stanley jewelry store 
now competing. . .After Rudy Val- 
lee hod .plugged "A 'Vagabond 
Lover" unU)' It had about ragged- 
edged Its popularity all the other 
bands hopped to it. . .RKO procra..>s 
were overboard with "names" and 
talent when first launched. Later 
they simmered down to just fair 
programs. ; .Announcers have re- 
peated the histories of the old com- 
poaers so much they should announce 
the names and say ''ditto". . .Stand- 
out of the All-Strauss program. 
WJZ, was "The Blue Danube" waltz 
...That boy Pancho and his music 
are making a name on the air. . . 
One of the entertaining parts of the 
Doc West period on WOR is the 
ladies' quartet. . .Syd Relnberg 
seems to be a new orchestral name 
coming from WABC. He has the 
right idea In pepping up with that 
accordion. 



Inside Stuff-Music 



HERE AND THERE 



Rube Wolf, m. c. at Loew's State, 
Los Angeles, with Buddy Valentine 
and Sam Coslow, has ■written, 
"What Does It Mean to Me?", nov- 
elty number. Being featured in 
an F. & M. "Idea" on the coast. 



Lloyd Campbell, 'Frisco music 
publishers, will be represented in 
New York by John Helnzman. 



Bob Holman's band replaced 
Mann Bros, outfit . at Show .Boat 
Cafe, Venice, Cal. Mann Bros, re- 
turn to Venice ballroom after an 
absence of four months. 



Mendoza, Free Lance 

David Mendoza, musical director 
at the Capitol, New York, for nine 
years7'*I5"lir!tVlnff~tcr 'do- -free-lance- 
muaical' work. He will be .succeeded 
by Don Albert, now at Loew's 
Valencia, Jamaica. 

Mendoza has been a film scorer 
for M-G-M while at the Capitol, 
also one of the best known picture 
house- conductors in the country. 
He will direct the Puda Hour .(com- 
mercial) weekly over the Columbia 
chain.. 



Agency Misinformed, Took a Chance 

A large international booking office with headquarters In New York 
heard from an orchestra man that a certain nationally known band 
would be available for three weeks commencing June 29. 

The booking ofllce, though realizing the band was under the excluijlve 
management, of a large firm of band and orchestra bookers, and with- 
out informing the band or the bookers,., immediately mailed out 2,000 
mimeographed letters to hotels and ballrooms all over the country say- 
ing it was laying out a one night stand dance for the band for three 
weeks commencing June 29 and desired to know whether the addressed 
could use him. Terms were $500 with the nightly privilege of 60 per cent. 

Kick back came when the band got hold of a letter and asked Its 
bookers what it was all about as. the band happens to be booked for 
the entire summer commencing June 29. 



Testimonial Postcards For Songs 

Warner-Wltmarks is using a testimonial stunt in connection with 
the Warner picture "On With the Show" at the Winter Garden, New 
Yorkl Postcards are handed out after each i>erformance. On one side 
is a testimonial, in script, as to the worth of the songs, and on the other, 
two bars, each from the two best songs -in the picture. 

Patron fills out address of anyone and hands It back to theatre at- 
tendant, after which they are stamped and mailed. 



Theme Songs Gone Wild 

The latest theme songs are for a novel and a radio company. 

"You Are My Light in the Sky" is the theme song of the novel "The 
Light in the Sky," the novel with the song written by Anne Caldwell, 
Robert Hood Bowers and Ben Selvin and published by Remick's. 

'"Tlie Smile You Miss" is for the Freshman Co., manufacturer of 
radios. It has the name on the title page of the sone as the publishers, 
though Harms Is doing the publishing. This song, written by Wm. 
Gary Duncan and Raymond Hubbell, Is plugged by the Freshman Co., 
evefy Tuesday night on d coast to coast NBC hookup. Listeners are 
requested to send in for a copy of the song. 



_W.MC!S!ldAat'Q3.^''sions 



The Warner people admit the Harms deal looks cold. ItTs saTcT'Oiair" 
Harms placed a valuation upon Ha business on the basts of d $600,000 
profit last year; This the Warners claim reached too high a figure. 

The other report is that Harms blocked the deal and may go into 
negotiation with another talking picture producer. 



Another A. F. M. Resolution 

Convention of the A. F. M. at Denver.' passed a resolution that band.s 
may not synchronize incidental music in talking films in which they 
appear. That will call for another band. 



Wednesday, June 8, 1929 



MUSIC 



Wdi the Whitenian Special 

By Abel Green 



"Memory Lane" 



Los Angeles, June 
New conservatory 6£ mi 



That Fau} Whlteman Is doinK Old . 
' Ciold plenty of good Is the consen- 
sus. Hooked up with a showman or 
• Jnternational renown, the new dga- 
'tit brnnd Is cashing In on the tie- 
up In a manner which no amount 
of any other typo of exploltatipii 
'could accomplish. Ezpendihs 10 
tlmeff the' cost of the Old Gold- 
Paul Wliitcman tour in printer's ink 
advertising, there is no question but 
that the tobacco brand could never 
have attracted a fraction of the at^ 
tention which it does through the 
' medium and merit of Whltemon's 
radio and concert programs. 
' That universal language — music, 
which is understood by anybody 
and everybody — is bringing the Old 
Gold label into the homes of the 
nation. By the time Whlteman 
reaches the coast, not only will 
.100,000 « people have personally 
: viewed 'Whlteman and hlq orches- 
tra for nothing, but- every house- 
hold of the country will have been 
,. reached by the radio. That's bally- 
hoo exploitation on a grand scale 1 

It is the sole aream and ambition 
of Mr. Belt, the president of P. 
Lorlllard . Co., the old-established 
Virginia tobacco growers, to popu- 
' larlze Old Gold. The dignified but 
thoroughly "regular" C, E. Wey- 
mouth, the Qld: Gold's vice-presi- 
dent, en tour with the Whlteman 
special, is directly throwing all his 
efforts into the tie-up. A conserva- 
tive business man, with tobacco 
sales as his sole criterion, all this 
phowmanly hook-up to plug Old 
Golds is altogether new to him. 

Mr. Weymouth presents quite an 
Interesting study to the show-wise 
group aboard, especially Paul and 
Jimmle Gillespie and "Variety's 
mugg. Through it all he has com- 
manded the fullest respect, dodging 
any calciums and mixing with the 
younger boys in fraternal rather 
than patronizingly paternal fashion. 

On the matter of Weymouth and 
the company's criterion of sales to 
solely guide them, the reaction to 
this tour has already manifested 
Itself. Within a week after each 
city was visited the sales demands 
have spurted extraordinarily. At 
this writing, with Philadelphia and 
Pittsburgh as the two of the first 
'two eitles visited en route to Uni- 
versal City, a weefe later finds these 
metropolises' veiry - much' Old Gold- 
mihded as cash customers. 

Spurts' Sales 

Whlteman planted the seed the 
week preceding. They had their fun 
for nothing. The sales demand was 
the next expectant reaction as part 
of the campiELlgn, and react they did 
flatteringly. 

Old Gold heretofore, on every 
Thursday, has noticed that White- 
man's Tuesday night broadcasts 
over the Columbia Broadcasting 
System fetches a strong increased 
sales demand within the ensuing 48 
hours. Whlteman etherizes Tues- 
day night; on Wednesday the added 
orders ore filed, and on Thursday 
the business Is spurted when these 
orders come in for execution. 

Just how Important the White- 
man name is is also strongly mani- 
fested. Bach locality may have Its 
one particular draw, but for a na- 
tional name the magic of "White- 
man" power Is proved. 



Chicago, May 28. 
Extreme discourtesy was mani- 
fested at today's (Tuesday) broad- 
cast from WBBM by the station's 
studio manager, Walter Preston, on 
the occasion of the regular Tuesday 
night Old Gold-Paul 'Whlteman na- 
tional concert. Despite WBBM be- 
ing a link in the Columbia Broad- 
casting System and having had Its 
facilities engaged by the P. Lor- 
rllard Co. on a conlmerclal basis, 
the studio, manager, peculiarly af- 
fected individual, denied Whlteman 
ordinary courtesies. It culminated 
in the radio attache expressing 
himself In street language to the 
maestro, who had all he could do to 
keep his boys from reacting stren- 
uously. 

WBBM makes a feature of its ob- 
servation gallery in the basement- 
broadcast central of the Wrlgley 
Building. It's a small auditorium 
accommodating perhaps two score 
of ■ specially' invited onloolcers who, 
through the glass encasement, can 
see the bro'adpasting artists and 
likewise pick up the reception 
through .a loud speaker. 

With the Whltemanltes' advent, 
Chicago was struck by a heat spell 
whi ch the loc al press averred had 
Jiot been exciSeded srn5e""~l8S6.' 
Whlteman and his orchestra, for- 
mally attired for an ensuing charity 
concert at the auditorium, had pre- 
viously requested that the observa- 
tion galleries, comprising a mixed 
Attendance, be asked to listen in 
elsewhere and forego viewing the 
artists In person, in order to afford 
them an' opportunity to strip to 



their undershirts and perform for 
the solid hour in the . thoroughly 
sound-proof and virtually air-tight 
broadcasting studio. 

Preston took this in ill spirit; 
persisted that the comfort of the 
Whlteman orchestra and White- 
man's own physical suffering were 
secondary to that of not disappoint- 
ing the specially Invited sightseers. 

In addition, inexplicable control 
room difficulties cropped up to mar 
the calibre of the program, which 
was relayed by land wire from Chi 
to New York and rebroadcast 
nationally. (Whiteman's current 
week's program on Tuesday (last) 
night was similarly relayed by land 
wire from I>enver and then ether- 
ized nationally.) 

Directly from the broadcasting 
studio the Whltemanltes dashed 
over to the Auditorium, Chicago, 
where, under the auspices cf the 
Advertising Men's Post No. 38 of 
the American Legion, to a $3 top, 
the orchestra was the feature of 
the concert for the benefit of the 
'Veterans' Relief. 

The house, with its 6,000 capacity, 
was virtually capacity, an extraor- 
dinary turnout considering that 
only {he night before the reported 
advance sale was Zi'A per cent, and 
the concert had come into being 
but four days preceding tonight. 

BUI Still, Whiteman's crack col- 
ored orchestrator, who is aboard, 
arranged, the old-timer waltz med- 
ley of "Down By the Old Mill 
Stream," "Sweet Adeline," "In the 
Shade of the Old Apple Tree" and 
"After the Ball Is Over." 

Ted Husing is featured as the 
special announcer and Burt Mc- 
Murtrie receives a periodic plug as 
the director of this tour. 

Cool in R. R. Yards 

Coolest spot to stop in Chicago 
was in the Harrison street yards 
of the C. &. A., where the special 
was side-tracked, state thos-s boys 
who found the car. It was .tnchorcd 
near the river. Most of the gan^ 
checked into the Congress and Bis- 
marck overnight, while the others 
who couldn't find the train were 
forced to sleep at some hotsl. 

Paul told one on Jlmmlc Gillespie 
which was too good to keep and 
which he also passed on to Jim 
rather than shock him with its pub- 
lication. 

One should first picture how 
much -of a target an eminent maes- 
tro like Whlteman must be from 
amateur songwriters. Figuring that 
for at least two weeks Whlteman 
would be free from the songwrlUng 
pests and royalty anglers, it was 
very mu<;h of a shock when .T. J. 
Gillespie, Sr., Jim's 74-year-old 
dad, took Paul aside and confi- 
dentially ' brought out a flock of 
song mss. which Jimmy had writ- 
ten no less than 7.2 years ago, or 
when Jlmmie was 15. 

These songs had been taken down 
in lead sheet by Eddie King, former 
Victor recording chief and now with 
Columbia records, who was a close 
friend of the family. 

Gillespie, Sr., confided to Paul 
that he had been saving them all 
these years and maybe there was 
something worthwhile in them. 

It might be perfect to record that 
Jimmy had perpetrated a worth- 
while song, but, running true to 
form among amateur writers, they 
proved consistently lousy. Jimmle 
had completely forgotten, of course, 
his youthful Insanity streak. 

Grand Lark 

It's a grand lark for the gang. 
Some are coming into their home 
towns In ultra style aboard the spe- 
cial. Just outside of Iiidianap'olis, 
for instance, (Thester Hewlett was 
greeted by his folks at Greencastle, 
suburb, and given a rousing wel- 
come. Irving (Iz) Friedman hopped 
over to Terre Haute for a reunion. 

Bcmie Daly and Friedman are 
room-mates, an irresistible combi- 
nation in Itself. With Charlie Mar- 
golles, Chester Hazlett and Joe 
Venutl, they made fun at the Indi- 
anapolis amusement park. Joe Ve- 
nutl won a 50c gadget after an In- 
vestment of '$19.26 for chances at It. 

Bill Black, Whiteman's valet, is 
quite the nuts with the colored PuUr 
man help. Black Is as Ethiopian as 
his name and almost indispensable 
to Paul. The rest of the boys got a 
qulck'load of Bill's Importance. One 
pmpnaltloned him for a job as as- 
sistant, selling him the id'ea"«iatTfe" 
(Bill) as . the heo,d man might well 
use a good handy-man around as a 
general assistant. 

Bill rose in dignity and explained 
that "anybody who's with Mr. 
Whlteman must be musical, and, 
boy, you can't even play a good 
brooml" 

Bill bosses the chef, the waiters 
and the entire cre>w. aupervlslng bis 



4, 

usic 

being erected to house son^- 
smlths and musical composers 
at Fox Movietone City is near- 
ing Completion. An open con- 
test for a suitable name Is now 
In order. 
Titles submitted include 



Drop Non-Sync Disks 
On Music Union Rule 

Syracuse, N. Y., June 4. 
Passing of the Strand Debutantes, 
girl band, with the expiration of the 
house's contract, with the Syracuse 
Musicians' Protective Association 
June 1 leaves Syracuse with just 
two film houses, B. P. Keith's and 
Locw's State, with orchestras; the 
two exceptions supplement pictures 
with vaude. 



VARIETY 57 

Song by Slides for Film 
HoQses May Oost Organists 

Sound, having crippled the mu- 
sicians and cut in badly on the or« 
gdnlsts, may ease out . the remain- 
ing organists by a new. method of 
presenting songs by slides. 

This method, pioneered by War- 
ner- WItmarks, Is to accompany its 
words on the slides by sound 
through the disc method. It gives 
a musical as wcU as a vocal ac- 
companiment, ranging from a solo 
to an. octet. 

. As yet this method is only in its 
experimentation stage. 

Talkers Boost Song 

Sales m Australia 

Sydney, May 4. 

Best music sellers here for past 
month Include "Rainbow 'Round 
My Shoulders," "Sonny Boy," "Roses 
of Yesterday," "Old Man Sunshine," 
"Mammy" and "Jeannine." 

Dealers report that since talkers 
opened sales have Jumped sky high, 
with the talking pictures proving 
great pluggers. 



Cutting Strauss S0% 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Less than 60 per cent, of the mu- 
sic contained in the original Oscaur 
Strauss operetta ''Married in Holly- 
wood" will be used in the screen 
version now being made by Fox. 

Dave Stamper is writing the add- 
ed numbers. ' 



Commanders to Coast 

Irving Aaronson and his Com- 
manders left for Loo Angeles Mon- 
day,' They will play during the 
summer at the Roosevelt Hotel, 

Band will also work on the First 
National lot in talking picture ver- ' 
slon of "Paris," with Irene Bordonl. 



SOHO FEAIUBE SEE VICE 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Fox publicity departmient is now 
sending out a song feature to ItB 
publication list. 

Augmenting, with mats of song 
plates taken from outstanding num- 
bers written for this firm's pictures. 



BOBBINS LEASIKO EGAH 

Los Angeles, June '4. 

Jack Bobbins has put Ray Egan 
under personal contract. Latter ar- 
rives on the coast June 16. 

Egan, who wrote "Till We Meet 
Again," will be leased out to studios 
by Robblns. 



CBUZE'S 12 SOHGS 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

James Cruze Is using 12 original 
songs in his musical comedy film, 
"The Great Gabbo." 

John-McNamee, King Zany, How- 
ard Jackson, Paul Tltsworth and 
Lynn Cowan are writing them. 



AXST WITH M-0 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Harry Akst has left Warners and 
moved over to M-G-M. 

He will be in charge of synchro- 
nization of silent pictures, also the 
recording of exclusive musical se- 
quences. 



''TaPB"-Abram8 Judgment 

"Taps" has a judgment by default 
in his suit against Irving Abrams, 
publicity manager for Roy In- 
graham (at Paramount Hotel), for 
$200. 

Abrams was served by Well & 
Gold, counsel for "Taps." He failed 
to answer. 

Notes were Issued to "Taps" by 
Abrams after the latter had agreed 
to give "Taps" IB per cent, of his 
weekly salary for rent and phone 
service which "Taps" had footed 
while Abrams was out of work. 
When the notes fell due and pay- 
ments hot made, "Taps" started 
legal action. 

Brown- Freed's L. A. Firm 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Naclo Herb Brown- and Arthur 
Freed, in addition to writing songs' 
for M-G-M, will establish a song 
publishing house here. 



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over tbs Summertime 
Three Hontbs 
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Palace," "Shrine of Flats," 
"'Harmony Hut" and "Melody 
Lane." 

Aji outgoing' songwriter sug- 
gested "Memory Lane." 



master's diet and service to the 
minutest degree. 

One of the prettiest and' most 
unique ballrooms encountered was 
Jean Goldkette's new Graystone 
Dance Gardens, the outdoor danc- 
ing pavilion adjoining bis famous 
Graystone ballroom, Detroit. Gold- 
kette is quite the local musical 
mogul and has a number of choice 
orchestras spotted all over the Au- 
tomobile City. 

Dick Richards, one of Paul White- 
man's particular pale, and a power 
in' General Motors, is busy exploit- 
ing the marketing of the new Tran- 
sltone, a radio-in-automobile set, 
previously introduced under the 
trade name of the Traveltone, until 
Richards discovered that a portable 
movietone or sound recording equip- 
ment had made use of the Travel- 
tone name. With Transitone cleared 
as a registered trade-mark, the 
radio receiving apparatus, which is 
installed into the dashboard of any 
motor car, 'will be part and parcel 
of 2,000,000 automobiles by 1931, ac- 
cording to G. M. estimates. 

"Harry Kline, former p. a. and 
trade newspaperman, is now special 
exploitation man for Transitone. 
(Stewlaskl: Harry wants to be re- 
membered.) 

On the Speedway 

The great Indianapolis Speedway 
classic on Decoration Day was a 
foul ball so far as this reporter and 
the " muggs from Broadway were 
concerned. It's all so much ado 
about nothing. The 33 cars that 
start keep circling round and round 
that 2% mile track for 600 miles. 
The customers broiled under a re- 
lentless sun for close on to. five 
hours — at least those tourists who 
saw it to a bitter — and blistered — 
end. 

It was too much for most of the 
gang who got a load of the mildly 
picturesque spectacle of some 160,- 
000 to 170,000 attendants. Fireworks 
ordinary. Usual turn-out of dirig- 
ibles and planes, but once a few 
minutes had elapsed — and one al- 
most collapsed from the . heat — It 
simmered down to a contest some- 
what akin to a six-day bike roce 
or a dance marathon. About the 
same appeal. 

Harry Beaumont, M-G-M direc- 
tor, 'With a movietone truck, Wil- 
liam Haines and Karl Dane were in 
town for some actual shots of the 
speedway classic for incorporation 
into Metro's forthcoming "Speed- 
way," wherein Bill Haines person- 
ates the winning driver. 

Paul Sidestepped 

Some complications were circum- 
vented through Paul Whiteman's 
Old Gold orchestra calling off Its in- 
augural festivities, but broadcasting 
a brief dance program from one 
section of the vast arena. Had he 
circled the grounds on the elaborate 
float which was awaiting him, there 
was some likelihood that M;Q-M 
might have picked up some actual 
Whlteman music. This might have 
precipitated some complications 
from Universal, for whom the Jazz 
King is to do a feature of that 
name. 

Incidentally, Dick Richards' Tran- 
sitone took advantage of Haines' 
and Dane's presence, along with 
Whiteman's, of course, to tie up for 
a flock of publicity stunts. Capt. E. 
V. RIckenbacker's interest in Tran 
sitone and the fact Rickenbacker Is 
also the president of the Indlanap 
oils speedway course accounted for 
these choice tie-ups. 

Carnival spirit and mardi gras 
aura distinguished Indianapolis, an 
otherwise Bridgeport-type of town 
during the day or two preceding the 
races. Hotel prices were murderous. 
The visiting gals were doing a 
clean-up. Service in the hostelries 
was abominable. 

Relnald Werranrath, at the Speed- 
way track, is going NBC. The 
American baritone has a swell berth 
with the radio company as choral 
master for broadcasts, and is ex 
cluslvely signed to the NBC after 
many years of concert associations 
with the WoHsohn Musical Bureau 
"Red" De Marcus, one of the best 
reed tooters in the field, Is now in 
.the aviation businea-s in Indianapolis 
and' o'ffered'to tak'e thV'BoysTiprNai" 
body accepted, thank you. 

De Marcus was last associate 
maestro with Ernie Hoist at the 
Club Mirador about a year ago, 
but has packed in his tooter, sez he. 

Dance Special Styles 
Hopping from, city to city* the 
dance styles vary a little but for 
the main the type of dansapatlon 



Until last fall, the Strand em- 
ployed a male orchestra. With the 
adoption of a sound film policy,, the 
theatre sought to eliminate the 
band, but was held to a contract 
by the union. Walter D. McDoweH, 
managing director, countered with 
the demand that the union supply 
him with a girl orchestra, and the 
Debutantes resulted. 

Synchronized pictures are pro- 
jected from the booth by memberd 
of the Moving Picture Operators' 
Union. Where non-synchronized pic- 
tures are shown, accompanied by 
"canned" music froin disks, the mu- 
sicians' union now requires that the 
turntables be operated by a musi- 
cian. The Strand for the present 
win show such pictures (mostly 
newsreels) without music. 

A recently promulgated rule of 
the musicians' union relating to the 
operation of the non-synchronlzetl 
apparatus provides that the appara- 
tus cannot bo located In the pro- 
jecting booth proper. Houses where 
it has been so installed must make 
changes if they desire to retain 
union employees. 



purveyed by Johnny Jolinson's 
crack orchestra at. the Hotel Jef- 
ferson, St. Louis, is the most pop- 
ular. His is a corking combination. 
Answer is that St. Louis, a town 
about which many an uncompli- 
mentary thing is said, sees in its 
Hotel Jefferson a goodly turn-out 
nightly in a none too comfortable 
grillroom. The roof garden has not, 
as yet, opened and the grill.. Is by 
no means air-cooled, yet the cou- 
vert charge turn-out was exceed- 
ingly flattering to the band attrac- 
tion. 

Making It Easier 

Jlmmie Gillespie hears from his 
wife, Marie, that they're snowbound 
in Denver — Mrs. G. and Patricia, 
the young hopeful of the Gillespie 
clan, are driving to the coast.' Sure 
hot along this route but ever divert- 
ing and they dig up the best the 
town has to make it comfortable. 

In Springfield, '111., Mayor Enll 
Smith gave Paul another of those 
keys to the city but, additionally, 
something real novel. It's a baton 
carved of wood from the hut where 
Abraham Lincoln was born. 

In Kansas City the local Journal- 
Post threw everything wide open. 
A fleet of motor police escorted cars 
transporting the entire party to the 
Hotel Mulebach for luncheon. A 
suite at the Aladdin hotel was 
placed at our disposal for a shower, 
etc., and general headquarters. The 
dally newspaper further arranged 
for free flights from the Municipal 
Airport while the golfers got one 
of the prettiest courses extant. 

At the preceding stand, St. Louis, 
Station KMOX, the Voice of St. 
Louis, put things on in a big way 
at their Hotel Mayfalr headquar- 
ters. 

As a small measure of apprecia- 
tion, Paul In charax:terlstlc manner 
sent Jlmmie Gillespie out on an 
emergency hunt for a suitable gift 
token for George Junkin, the man- 
aging director of KMOX. 

Mrs. Fern Whlteman Smith, 
Paul's sister, was in all her glory, 
as behooved the kin of the famous 
maestro. She wisely picked her 
spots for the usual hand-shaking 
formalities. 

Between that and the rabid auto- 
gi-aph hounds who seem to flourish 
in even larger numbers outside of 
New York City, Whlteman has been 
subjected to considerable corporal 
punishment of the right hand. 

Good Beer 

Reviewing the Whltemanltes' con- 
cert In a speakeasy to the accom- 
paniment of some of the best 
draught beer encountered since 
Prohibition was a unique exper- 
ience. The coolness of the hide- 
away oasis and the quality Of the 
malt beverage might have had 
something to do with the ultra re- 
action to Whiteman's music, al- 
though the general turnrouts in the 
various arsenals, armories, town 
halls, convention halls, stadia and 
the like tends towards the conclu 
slon that the masses require no su 
perflclal Inducements to' heighten 
their appreciation. 

Probably the record turnout was 
dt tho Convention Hall, Kansas 
City, Saturday night, where some 
.LlMp-Came^ln iiierson,_not .to men 
Hon the cou'ntloss audience iTiten" 
Ing in. 

It's a. great vacation for the gang. 
Their avocations are diversified. 
The Whlteman Golfing Vultures, 
and all on about the same par, com- 
prise Elng Cro.sby, Hoy Uargy, 
Chester Hazlett and Al Rinker. iz- 
zy Friedman, Harry Barrls and the 
(Continued on page 69) 



58 



VARIETY 



NIGHT CLUBS 



Wednesday, Jiine' 6, 1929 



Nite Chib Owner Given 
Year for Knife-Fool^ig 



Detroit, June 4. 

George Evenue, nlte club pro- 
prietor of tills city, has been given 
a year's lay-ofC by a local Solomon. 

Evenue and his wife had sep- 
arated. The nlte club man felt 
lonesome for Ills mate. He started 
overtures for a reconciliation. 

These proceeded to a point where 
the Bvenues met to talk It over. 
Finding his side of the argument 
not speeding up fast enough, 
Evenue pulled a knife. 

His wife pulled a pinch and the 
Judge did the rest 



One Technical Husband 

Cleveland, June 4. 
Although accused of ' having one 
husband too many. Ruby Schaech- 
ter, former chorus girl and recently 
Atlantic City night club hostess, 
was acquitted of bigamy on a tech- 
nicality. 

Miss Schaechter allegedly married 
Joseph Lewis of Cleveland without 
bothering about a divorce from her 
alleged first husband, one Donald 
Roth, of Scottsdale, Pa., whom she 
wed In 1920, according to the prose- 
cution. 

Girl's attorney won her freedom 
on the ^rounds that the state had 
failed to prove that she had ever 
been Roth's wife. 



Wine Tonic Price War 



1.03 Angeles, Juno 4. 

A price war on leading 
brands of wine tonic la now 
being staged here.' It's forcing 
a number of small bootleggers 
out of business. 

Tonics containing 20 per 
cent, alcohol are being handed 
over the counters of drug 
stores at 08 cents for 24 ounce 
bottles. The small Independent 
dispensers of medicinal bever- 
ages are forced to ask $1.45 for 
the same bottle. XiCggers claim 
the tonic Is as potent as a fifth 
of gin selling for three times 
the price. Once the gin drink- 
ers try the sweet stulT, It's 
hard to get them back to the 
hard water. 



Thelma Terry !n BerUq 

Thelma Terry and her Play Boys, 
only dance orchestra In the busi- 
ness conducted by a femme, open 
at th~e~Ambassadeurs, Berlin, -Sept. 
1, booked by M.C.A. 

•Terry Play Boys currently at 
TybrlsS Beach, Savannah, Ga. 



"Cockeyed World" Tunes 

liOS Angeles, June 4. 
Con Conrad, Sidney Mitchell and 
Archie Gottler have written "So 
Long," march; "Elenlta," and "So 
Dear to Me," plus Incidental Rus- 
sian and Spanish music, for Fox's 
Cockeyed World." 



LEADING ORCHESTRAS DIRECTORY 



\ IRVING AARONSON 



and HIS COMMANDERS 

En Root* to GaUtorate 

Opcninjr Jone 10 
B006RTRLT HOTEL 

Hollywood 
VICTOR RECORDS 

EXCLUSIVELY 



DANNY CAIRNS 



And HI* 
. R-K-O MELODY BAND 
ITow Permamat Fentare Each Week at 

ORPHEUM THEATRE 

Los AoBoIes 

BILLY SMALL. Director 



PHU FABELLO 1 



and Hia 

ORCHESTRA 
The DUferent Ensemble 

PnMntatlon Featan 

COLISEUM THEATRE 

Now Tork City 



TOM GERUNOVICH 



and His 

ROOF GARDEN ORCHESTRA 
Exelaslve Dnmswlok ArUsto 
ROOF GARDEN CAFE 
Broadway and Kearney Sta. 
San FMdoIsoo 



MALHALLETT | 



AND HIS ORCHESTRA 
Amerlea'a Greatent Dance Band 
As Big as Ever in N. E. and Pennsy 
Personal Management 
CHARLES 8HRIBMAN 
Salem, Mass. 



THE BRICK TOPS 



(FABISLAN BED HEADS) 

America's Greatest Girl Band 

Now HeaOIlnlns BKO "Collegiate Vnlt" 

Pifntionent Address 

38 West NoHb St., Indianapolis, Ind. 



JACK DUNN 



AND HIS 

ORCHESTRA 

CINDERELLA ROOF 
LOS ANGELES, CAL. 



Tex Cuinan's Roadhouse 

Before the season has really got' 
ten Its start for the around New 
York road houses, Texas Gulnan's 
recently opened place at Valley 
Stream, formerly . CastUUan, doing' 
okay. Couvert of $2 week nights 
and |3 on the week-end. 

Tex Is there, with her nlte club 
crew from the Club Intlme, which 
she lately abandoned In .West 64th 
street Tex Is an Institution, wheth- 
er on Loner Island or- In Tlmesi 
Square. Holding her following, the 
Gulnan road house Is getting them 
from Manhattan, as well as the 
summer resort spots near her new- 
est place. That takes In Lawrence. 
Cedarhurst, Rockawaya and the es- 
tate portions. 

Native Long Islanders think a lot 
about 12 or even $3, but they must 
think a lot about Tex,- too; They 
give up though it hurts, but they 
go In on the couvert and water plan, 
believing they are cheating the 
house by not eating. 

Many of Tex's swankiest admirers 
are around the section she has set- 
tled In for the summer. They want 
to see tier and probably don't ralnd 
gazing upon the same bunch of lit- 
tle chics Tex carts around. The girls 
give a performance twice nightly, 
the last at midnight. They don't 
mix. Tex is conducting the road 
house In the same manner she did 
the nlte club. 

With Valley Stream in Nassau 
county, no set time for closing. 
Some nights all night, according to 
the crowd. 

Cotton balls seem most popular at 
Tex's. The young bloods of the 
Island,' released for one night onfy 
during the week, take their baseball 
practice at Tex's. They squawk it 
a stray ball gets them on the bean, 
but laughing' when the other fellow 
Is socked. 

Good band and plenty of dancing, 
with a New Yorker hungry after 
the 25-mlle drive to Tex's, making 
the kitchen a mark of attention also. 

Girls in the show are Kitty 
O'Reilly, Jean O'Reilly, Ruby Shaw, 
Babe Fenton, Marge IBarrett, Smlly 
Bonner, Naomi Winters, Hanley Sis- 
ters, Mabel Spotsdale, Loretta 
Adams, Mary Dowling, Gladys 
Besche,' Willie May, Olive McFay 
and Norman Taylor. Jack Naples 
staged the show and is running it. 

As it's the summertime the girls 
do not overdress, another 'value 
sight at 12, besides Tex herself In 
person, always worth looking at. 

And as that front page box the 
other week said about Tex posing 
for "September Morn" in the niftiest 
gag Variety has ever carried, "Give 
that little girl a great big hand." 

Bim«. 



OWEN FALLON 



And His 
CALIFORNIANS 
Now on Their Second Tear at the 
PALAIS DE DANCE 
LOS ANCELES 



FROM DETROIT 



I JEAN GOLDKETTEI 



Orchestras 

TICTOB RECOBDS 
Office: 812 Book Tower 
DETROIT 



VINCENT LOPEZ | 



Marion McKay 



And His 

ORCHESTRA 

Now Closln* 16th Week 

ABBtrCKI.B'S FLANTAHON CAFE 
CULVEB CITY, CAUF. 



I GEORGE OLSEN 



AND HIS MUSIC 
Currently in Chi (June 8) 
CHICAGO THEATRE 

OIBcet 20 West 48d Street 
New Torb City 
VICTOR RECORDS 



B. A. ROLFE 



-Radio,?«LJEItemiCT_COTduclOT 
Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra 
Palais D'Or Restaurant Orchestra 
Edison Ace Becordlng Orohestra 



IPAUL WHITEMANI 



And His Greater Orchestra 

Opening June 7 
Special Limited Enitaeement 
PANTf aE9,.,8Ap, BBANC;iSCP 

Paraonal Direction: Jas. F. Gillespie 



and HU ORCHESTRA 

SnmmerlaK at the 
WOODMANSTEN INN 
Felham, N. Y. 
Donbllnc at the 
ST. REGIS HOTEL 
New York CKj 



Marion McKay 



And His 

ORCHESTRA 

Now doslnc 19th Week 
ABBCCKLE'S PLANTATION CAFE 
CUIi'VEB CITY, CALIF. 



PHIL PHILLIPS 



BAND 
NOW PLAYINQ 

CLUB BAGDAD 

"Soathland's Most beaatltol Clnb" 
DALLAS, TEXAS 



JESS STAFFORD 



— — -and H I S-O RGH ESXR A.™ 
NOW 
PALACE HOTEL 
BAN FBANCISCO 
. . " P. S. — Brunswick Becordinc 



''Gold Diggers"' 9 Songs 



"Gold Diggers of Broadway," the 
Warner talker, will have nine songs 
all written by Al Dubin and Joe 
Burk9, 



LUIGFS 

Detroit, May 31. 
Nlte life here is scattered, the 
roadho.uses now getting the play. 
Plenty of choice spots, notably 
Edgewater Beach, . Oriole Terrace 
and the Blossom Heath, to choose 
from, 

Nite clubs are petering out, 
Lulgi's constituting the town's 
Texas Gulnan's' with a nice little 
floor show; peppy dance band headed 
by Jules Albertl; and moderate 
tolls for everything — $1 and $1.60 
couvert and a scale below Broad- 
way's. 

Lulgl books his acts In spots, in 
and around Detroit and from Chi- 
cago. Bert Gilbert is m. c. Latter 
has been here seven months and 
local fav. 

Wynn Ralph is the prima and 
okay. Russell and Dlllworth, sug- 
gesting picture house unit rearing, 
are eccentric comedy dancers and 
capable of elaborating their stult. 

Lillian Barnes is a blues warbler 
of stentorian Tuckeresque proper 
tlons, but using the 'wrong type of 
songs. Picking her material better, 
with an occasional saucy' doggerel 
thrown in, she'd be a cafe floor 
dick. Bert Tucker, Soph's boy, also 
on bill, contributing song and dance, 
heavy on the stepping. 

Jules Albertl's Jazzists are dance 
favs. Between sets, the 3 Vlerra 
Hawallans (not Joe Cook's four) do 
string specialties. ' 

Jerry Barry, a Titian, and Peggy 
Morris, blonde, hostesses. Ahel, 



Crying Goldmans Happy 

At the end of a desert of sand on 
a point in Oceanslde, near Long 
Beach, Long Island, the Crying 
Goldmians, Al and Chick, seem to 
have fallen in soft Opening their 
new hideaway road house, called 
Casa Castilllah, about 10 days ago, 
they are In oh a shoestring and seem 
due for a bankroll. 

CastUilan Is a pretty place in 
side, made to look elaborate through 
nitty wall and celling decorations, 
Not only is it attractive on the in- 
-slde,--:but -much. ..inor.e,.i!n._.the_ out- 
side. It's on the edge of the beach 
Avlth the water 60 feet from the 
restaurant's doorway. Not a house 
within a 1,000 yards, and the only 
handicap picking up the roa4, 

Castlllian is boosting a $2.76 shore 
dinner, 'without a covuer charge at 
any time, that taking in the week- 
end. A flve-plece dance orchestra 
and no entertainment. Tou go to 
Castlllian to dance, eat and hide- 
away If you want to. That hide- 
away goes day or night. . 

Oceanslde is a village by itself, 



More Worry 



Los Angeles, June 4. 

Song writers are having their 
troubles in turning out tunes 
for the picture names to war- 
ble. Boys have found that any- 
thing they compose must have 
Us range limit. 

Arrangers are personally call- 
ing on the former silent 
stars for singing tests. After 
Jotting down the octaves the 
luminary can cover,, the ar- 
ranger, or composer, goes back 
to figure out a melody within 
those notes. 



in Nassau county, a right hand turn 
on the Long Beach road about half 
'way down, after leaving the Merrick 
road, A large sign marks the spot. 
After the turn the road Is direct and 
well made. 

On the week-end Oceanslde gets 
a turnaway from Long Beach. It 
lias bathing houses with unlimited 
parking space, and but one hot dog 
stand. ' The Goldmans will probably 
flood the beach with small stufl 
stands to keep any other opposition 
out.- 

Al Goldman quit the nite club and 
road house racket, away for. 16 
months. Returning to this place 
and getting in cheap, the opening 
night's attendance of '360 started 
him dreaming again, and isn't that 
kid happyl Chick went down to 
the opening to help out his brother 
and declared himself In coinless. Al.' 
gave Chlok 40 per cent., keeping 60 
for himself. And it looks big, wltha 
out a cut in partner, for if the Goloel 
mans are the only customers, they 
may still break on the present over- 
head. • 

So now the Crying Goldmans are 
laughing; the first time since they 
sold to the Elks at Lynbrook. And 
Al doesn't have to shlll any more 
this summer over something to keep 
the stove clean when It's not hot. 
And it Jack Goldman wants a gratis 
piece after reading this, Al and 
Chick says he can declare in, taking 
a bit from each. 

The turn to the right on the Long 
Beach road is at Windsor parkway. 
Al wanted to advertise that, but 
why let him go in the red at the 
stai;t7 Sime. 



CASANOVA ROOF 

New York, May 29. 

The renovated Casanova Roof on 
West 62d street reopened last night 
under the direction of Nick Blair 
and enticed a swanky crowd. This 
is the spot where Helen Morgan 
starred last until it was rushed by 
the Willebrandt mob. 

Current headllner is Morton Dow- 
ney, down for $1,760 per week, flat, 
and Jerry Friedman's orchestra still 
officiates. George Cliilds and Mar- 
garet Earl furnish class ballroom 
with other stepping and the snooty 
manner gives the place some tone. 

An elegantly appointed night club 
with the celling opening directly 
over the dancing section. Subdued 
melodies plus the sky above are 
worth the five buck tariff, but it is 
Downey's -warbling bringing the 
trade. His choice of ditties is 
soothing to the ear, including "With 
a Song In My Heart" from "Spring 
Is Here." 

.Management adheres strictly to 
the curfew law, shutting at 3. At 
the opening the place half-emptied 
almost as soon as the first half 
ended, indicating the stay-up-Iates 
are now accustomed to the early- 
closings along the Stem. 

The same crowd that frequents 
the Lido, Montmartre and old Casa- 
nova was revealed In the new ren- 
dezvous, with most of them attired 
in the consomme and herring, al- 
though the eve dress rule is not 
compulsory. 



EIKS' THEHE KABCH 

XiOS Angeles, June 4. 

De Sylva, Brown & Henderson 
are now writing a special number 
to be used as the official march, in 
the parades of the Elks' convention 
to be held here next month. 

The boys figure this a break and 
anticipate a big sale on the march 
long after the convention Is for- 
gotten. 



SCORE FIVE EEUIS IN WEEK 

Los Angeles, June 4. 
Gus Amhelm and his Cocoanut 
Grove Orchestra, before beginning 
their Orpheum tour June 9, will do 
synchronization work at .the RKO 
studios. 

They have five pictures to com- 
•plete-.durlng.tha-.CHrrent^'week. _A^ 
present they are working on ' the 
"Street Girl." 



On "Little Johnnie" 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Michael Cleary, Herb Magldson, 
and Ned Washington, teaming for 
Wamers-rirst National, have been 
assigned additional lyrics and music 
for "Little Johnnie Jones." 

Eddie Ward and Al Bryan, of the 
same staff, wlU write for "Paris." 



KdTES FOB 1ST NATIONAL 

* Los Angeles, June 4. 

Eddie vWard will write additional 
numbers and AJ Bryan will do lyrics 
for "Paris," Irtrie Bordonl's P. N. 
picture. 

Additions to song staff at this 
studio include Mike Cleary, Herbert 
Magldson and Ned Washington. 



LYMAN'S BECEFnON 

When Abe Lyman arrives on the 
Iievlathan this Saturday, after be- 
ing In London for the past four 
months, he will be received by a 
committee of Broadway's music in- 
dustry. 

A brass band will accompany him 
up Broadway to City Hall where 
he will be presented to Jimmy 
Walker and pictures will be taken 
of the whole affair. 



SEBIAL'S THEHE SONO 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Lee Zohler ancl^at O'Dea will 
write the songs for Alberta Vaughn's 
series of 12 two reelers, under the 
general title of "The Record Break- 
ers," for Darmour Productions. 

Theme song for the series will be 
"Crazy Melody," to be sung by Miss 
Vaughn. 



Detroit Recording 

Detroit, June 6. 

Local bands are getting a record- 
ing break, with Dick Voynow of 
Brunswick bringing on a recording 
outfit from Chicago to "can" Fred 
Hamm at Edgewater Beach, along 
with all the Kunsky orchestras 
locally, primarily for territorial ex- 
ploitation around here. 

Del Delbrldge at the Capitol; 
Al Evans, Michigan theatre; and 
Al Donohue, at the Fisher, recorded 
last week. 




A CHOP HOUSE 
OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT 

166^ WEST 48TH STREET 
I af Broadway ■ > 



TEDHENKEL 




Musical Director 

Conducting Pit Orchestra 
Overture and bpecial Scores 
WITB OBCHESTBA OF 80 
Also Conducting and Supervising 
Stage Band Presentations 

WITH BAND OF 20 

CAPITOL THEATRE 

BXDNET, ^AOSTBAUA 



From Bnsland Atata Cornea 
The Kew American Bone 
Sensation 

"THE ONE IN 
THEJVORLD^ 

rrom the name catalos (Camp- 
bell-Connelly) which (cave ua 
that melodloua hit, 
"If I Ha4 Tou" 

Need We Say Mere? 
It's a "Natural"! 1 

iPBBiNs Music CoIUPORATlo^ 



Wedn«Rda7» June f,. 1928 



FOR EI G N 



VARIETY 



,59 



Talken WaDoping m 
Sydney-Aostralian News-Shows 



By Eric Gprrick 



Sydney, May 4. 
Cold weather responsible for busl' 

. Bess picking, up considerably with 

' ieglt. Business, wUb one exception, 
M little off with the Ulkers blamed 
for b. o. laxity In the legit houses. 
Talkers have bit this city etrong- 

' ly and continue to pull big business, 
•rrhe Jazz Singer," at Lyceum, 

. opened last December, still playing 
.'four-a-day to capacity. 
; As predicted, W. T. will install 

' 'ialkera In the Tlvoll In conjunction 
'With straight vaude with the same 
firm also wiring the Royal, Sydney, 
playing 'talkecs between legit shows. 

Sir Ben Fuller, head of Fuller's, 
stated, he would use cut prices at 

'the St, James,' Sydney, to compete 
with the talkers and it business did 
not Improve he would have the the 

• atre' wired. ' 

Melbourne did not fall too hard 

'.fit first to talker entertainment, but 

. folks down south now warming up 

. to this type of amusement. 

Around the Stages 
ner Hsjuty's — "Desert Song," capacity 
•t f!i top. W. T. management. 

Criterion — "Tnune Woodley" ellpplne. 
Stage allow movea out this week, replaced 
ty "FlgB" with Alan Bunce and Ruth Nu- 
gent. .W. T. 

: Folae* — Nat Madison presenting "No. 
17," mystery play, for W. T. Nice caat 
and splendidly staged, aood for several 
.weeks. . 

. . Royal — Pavlova great draw under W. 
T. direction. So far tbe artlallcally pro- 
' dacM ballets bave Included "The Romance 
ot a Mummy," "The Palry Doll," "Don 
Quixote" and "Autumn Leaves." Entertnln- 
. ment presented by the Russian star easily 
nnderetandable to the masses. Hadame 
travels 'own company, condu'ctoiB and aeta, 
and IB' probably playing precentage basis. 
Company Includes Ruth French, Pierce 
Vladlmiroff, Nina KIrsonova, Slavlnskl, 
Fauchenz, Borowonskl and Bergeeff. Bfrem 
Kurts and 'Walford Hyden, conductors. 

EmpIrA— Holding np with "Clowns In 
Clover," although not capacity. William 
Kent and Jennie Benson featured In this 
Uarlow-RollB show. 

St. Jomen— r'Way off herf with "Lido 
Lady." "Baby Cyclone" ' replaces next 
week with Leona Hogarth aqd Wyrley 
Birch featured for Fullers. - . 

Tlvoll— ^Adia Reeve "star act this week 
with boslnee gooi nights, weak matlneeb. 
Star favorite here, clicked strongly with 
charmingly sung. Jium^rs. Rest ot bill 
high grade, making swift entertainment 
with following: PlQuo, Hcrrli and Claire, 
Hurray Parker^ Bury'a Dogs. 

' (Pictures 

Capitol ' (wtredtr-rPrettr- weak with 
"Land ot Silver Fox" and "Marauls Pre- 
ferred. "Sliver Fox" :had .blllljvs as part 
talker featurtntt' Rln-Tln-Tin, but talker 
part pretty. we&k, F«iture jtfit class enough 
for this. booae, MerildQ .picture lust got by. 
Renkel and t)lt boys T^nnerednirty overture, 
k then foUowad . Interesting newareel. Short 
talker.' 'Ci.><U< ''1^ Scholl dM well with 
nlc«' :Dt8a&' :BoVelty,. Stage presentation 
away oft with Tod Henkel and stage band 
having little to do. BaUet weak In poor 
nnbiber. N1c4l little singing bit by several 
kiddies saved nhow. In 66 weeks present 
bill regarded as poorest staged here, and 
yet. mainly on the theatre's good name, 
capacity business. Bill really nobody's 
fault, just one of those things. 

Lyeeam (wired) — "Jazz Singer" enter- 
ing 19th week; New shorts next week. 
Picture drawing repeaters. U. T. 

Kegent (wired)— "Trail of '98" In tor 
ton. Picture liked and seems set fox sev- 
eral weeks. Hoyt's. 

Prince Edward (wired) — "White 
Shadows" splendid business here for sev- 
eral weeks. Goes out this week with "In- 
terference," In for run under Hal Carle- 
ton. House controlled Jointly by U. T. and 
Carroll's. - 

Cryatat Palace (silent)— "Strong Boy" 
and "The Danger Rider." U. T. 

I.yrlo (silent) — "A Lady of Chance" 
and "The Danger Rider." . U. T. 

Hoyt's (silent)— '"The Night Flyer" and 
•'"reed ot the Sea." 

Empreas. (silent) — "West ot Zanzibar" 
and "Laat Warning." 

Business not over brilliant with 
the' silent houses. Talker opposition 
too strong. 



Union Theatres will wire the Hay- 
market, opening this month with 
"The Canary Murder Case" for run. 
followed with "The Singing Fool." 
When "Jazz Singer" closes at Ly- 
ceum "The Terror" will follow. 
"Jimmy Valentine" goes Into Hoyt's 
Regent after "Trail of '99" finishes. 

Theatres In Sydney wired or In 
propess of beliig wired Include State, 
Lyceum, Prliice Edward, Haymar- 
ket, Capitol, Regent, Tlvoll, Royal, 
and probably St, James. Suburban 
houses will fall Into line this year 
with several neighborhood houses, 
also going talker. 'Western Electric 
will get most of wiring. 



MELBOURNE 

Bitterly cold weather bringing 
.kudos to the b. o. at various thea- 
tres, much to the delight of the 
starched shlrted guys out front. 
. JDb MnJeHty's-^"Vagahona King" quite 
this week. Revival "Student Prince" with 
Jnnies Llddy. W. T. 

_ Rnyol^Noel Oownrd'o revue, "This 
Jyar ot Orace" still dolni; nicely. Here' tor 
W. T. Matsle Gay featured. 
--...Comedy*-— »,j!JclUo_at£ffiact„ reviving 
'".Sweet Nell ot Old Drury"^or W:~T.'' 
Show followed by revival of "Trilby," 
with snmo stor. 

KlnK'8 — Leon Gordon closing "The 
Ghost UpsUIrs" next week. W. T. 
■ rrinrena — "Lido Lady" opens May 10 
for Fullers. 

TItoII- Actn; Shuron de 'Vrlen, Dora 
Mnughan, Fallow Twins, Jack Bai ty, Gau- 
tlpf's Dogs. 

_ Bljoa — Conoora and P4ul revue for 
Fullers. . 

Pictures 

stale* (wlred)-^"Laiit Warning," with 
r*tvreefejpc Zanzibar.".- tiebn '.Rosobrook and 



■tace presentation, naak lAntcnnaa at 
organ. TJ. T. 

Capitol (wired)— "In Old Arizona" en 
run; Jan Rablnl and etchcstra teatore, 
Noel Allen at organ. Phllllpa monasMnent, 

Athenaeum (wired) — "Jass Singer," 
13th week. U. T. . • . 

Regent (wired) — "Tlie Dove" and 
'Vkysciaper." stage preaenutlon oslDg 40 
people, staged by Hany Barcher, Stanley 
Wallace at organ. Uovletone ihortii, 
Hoyt's. 

PBibmooBt — "In Old Bon Vranolaco" 
and "The Trail Riders" two features this 
week. 

Ploxa — New talker house opening May 
10 by Hoyt's. Theatre next door to Hoyt's 
recently . opened Regent, ' Playing run tea- 
turea. 



CHATTER 

"Show Boat" big stage attraction 
offered by W. T. Cast will be re- 
cruited in England and America, 

"The Baby Cyclone" first try made 
with stage straight comedy at St. 
James, Sydney, by Fullers. Some 
seasons ago, house went pictures, 
playing "The Big Parade" for run. 



Dora Maughan will be featured 
over the Tlvoll circuit by 'W. T. 

Tickets selling four weeks In ad- 
vance for "Desert Song" (stage) at 
%3 top. 



Marlow-Rolls will - probably pre- 
sent "Whoopee" next at tbe Empire, 
Sydney, following "Clowns In 
Clover." 



Alan Bunce and Ruth Nugent will 
revive "Kempy" during season in 
Sydney for W. T. 



Fullers announce several new 
musicals played by Gladys Mon- 
crleff and company now presenting 
"Rio Rita" here. 

"Rita" is on the road doing well 
with Dave Mallen and Charlie Syl- 
ber, featuried <M>medIans. 



"Five o'clock Girl" will open In 
Adelaide this month with Alfred 
Frith and Helen Patterson. Pav- 
lova will make complete tour of 
Australia. "Young Woodley" goes to 
Melbourne, and "This Tear of 
Grace" wUI come Into Royal, Syd- 
ney, following Pavlova. No. 2 "The 
Patsy," touring the smalls, with the 
original "Patsy" cleaning up In New 
Zealand. These attractions under 
W. T. management. 



R. B. Baker will produce "The 
Alarm Clock" at Adyar flail, Syd- 
ney. Baker Is Independent producer 
mostly connected with • German- 
made special fllma. This is first 
break into legit. 

Marlow-Rolls will have their own 
theatre operating by September In 
Melbourne. A cabaret will .be at- 
tached for use by patrons after the 
performance. Firm will also op- 
erate the G. O. H., Sydney. 



His Majesty's; Brisbane, has gone 
talker, opening with "Mother Knows 
Best." Picture playing under Hoyt 
management in conjunction - with 
W. T. 



house drawing more patronage from 
the anti-sound patrons. Sound In- 
stallation at the theatre has not 
been over brilliant tn Its operation 
with the fans not caring too -much 
for the class - of sound stuff offered. 
For first two .weeks, theatre did re- 
markably, bii% gross baa dropped 
back to same level of silent policy. 
The applause brouglit forth by a 
trailer announcing that the house 
would play a silent policy for one 
•Week shows that Sydney, at least, 
desires one big time silent theatre 
as ah offset to thp talkers. - 

Capitol Is the ace house ot TTnlon 
Theatres and has done capacity for 
66 weeks, mainly silent. 

W. T. will be Interested in Hoyt's 
PlazA when theatre opens In Syd- 
ney next year. Seating 4,000, 
largest in city. 



Duncan MacDougall Is presenting 
Spread Elagle" in his intimate the- 
atre at Sydney. MacDougall runs 
his theatre along line of the Little 
Theatre movement In New York, 
with most of the performers ama- 
teurs. 



The Randols, -Ajmerican dancers. 
Imported by U. T. to dance at the 
opening of State, Sydney. Act play- 
ing return here after season in 
"Sunny" for Rufe Naylor. 

Along Celluloid Row 

Hoyt's will build a new theatre 
opposite its Regent, Sydney,- naming 
house t>Iaza with talker policy. 
Union Theatres will open its- State 
next month, also using talkers as 
main attraction. State will be the 
greatest In Australia and run along 
American lines. Will Prior In charge 
of orchestra, with Clyde Hood'istag- 
Ing. Costing around $5,000,000, 

During screening of "Land of 
Silver Fox" (Wai-ners), talker, at 
Capitol, Sydney, apparatus not used 
for finale, leaving the two principal 
playei's pulling faces at each other 
with no .sound,. Nearly got the pic- 
ture the bird a:t C^pItoL 

Hoyt's not using orchestra at Re- 
gent, Sydney, during talker policy. 
Canned stuff supplying orchestral 
accompaniment. Rest of talker the- 
atres still use . orchestra as added 
feature, with Prince Edward, Syd- 
n^ey, maklnc; the boys work during 
In teFmlsSIo'nT"'""''" ' ~ — '■ ■ - — 



Cap itol, Sydney, may revert to 
Iw'o^sllent features policy shortly 
Instead of the one silent, one talker 
now' in vogue; 

The Capitol was last of the big 
time film theatre.^ to go talker, -with 
maiiy of the Wise ones stating 
change was bad policy as the hou.so 
was doing capacity and. would prove 
a better proposition allent 



Clarence McKane, Columbia Pic- 
tures^ rep., returns to America this 
week. F. W. Thrlng, director Hoyt's, 
also goes on same boat' to: study 
American pre.4entatIons; 

Patchen JoKea and J. ' W. Roberts, 
Western Elettrlc, return to America 
this week after attending to instal- 
lations, of company's equipment. 

Photo'tone, entirely English-made 
talker apparatus, . will bp, placed on 
the market here next month. doBt 
to exhibitors around |'4,00'0, consid- 
erably lower tlion any other system 
how operating here. 

.Suburban exhibitors , Jiave found 
the cost of American talker Instalr 
latlon too high ,for them at. present, 
although W. E. stated It Is' reducing 
cost of machinery here, 
o . A^dltone, an Australian talker 
equipment, will also be placed .on 
the market shortly under title bf 
First ' British Talking Equipmeh- 
CO., with capital of $100,000. Scrv'^ 
ice staff along , lines operated by W 
E. Lowest cost will be around $3,- 
EOO to exhlb, with offer of 10 years' 
lease, basis, .with exhibitor, ' after 
this time, given right to purchase 
eaulpment outright. 

Western Electric .formed New 
Zealand branch offering 3,000 shares 
at .one pound, . ($4.86) . per share. 
Shares taken up by J. H. Baker, and 
A. K. McKenzle. Objects of com- 
pany to carry on business of music 
hall o'wners and to. provide and deal 
In ' apparatus for transmission of 
pictures or' documents by tele- 
graphic, or Wireless means,, and to 
deal . in . apparatus for recording 
Speeches, songs and sounds tor the 
film Industry. 



"Candle Light" In N..Y. 

Paris, June 4. 
Gilbert Miller has secured the 
American rights to Siegfried Gay- 
er's 'Vienna comedy, "Klelne Konio- 
dle." 

Harry Graham made the English 
adaptation, entitled "By Candle 
Light." 

Producttoh Is due In New Tork 
next season, with Gertrude Law- 
rence as the star. 



Paris Chatter 



"Marriage" Play Good ' 

ILiondon, June 4, ; 
"Why Drag In Marriage T*'' 
smartly written farce, at the 
Strand, produced by George Gros- 
smith. 

It was originally tried out several 
weeks ago under the title of "Wall- 
flower" and went over. 

Will probably enjoy limited pros- 
perity. 



Brulators In Paris 

Parle, June 4. 
Hope Hampton and her husband, 
Jules Brulator, arrived here, the 
former to make her debut at the 
Opera Comique in July singing 
"Manon." 



Dodge's "Sunup" 

Paris, June 4. 
Wendell Dodge Is presenting Lu- 
cille La'veme and an American com- 
pany of players in "Sunup" July 1. 

Production will be at the Math- 
urlns Theatre. 



''Tiptoes" Off 

Paris, June 4. 

"Tiptoes" closed at the FoUes 
'Wngram June 2. 

Fr«!nch operetta, "DeshablUez 
■Vous Terminate," revl'i'ed for the 
present. 



WHITEMAN SPECIAL 



(Continued from page 57) 

others also play after a fashion, as 
floes Jlmmle Gillespie. 
"Charlie. .-..Strlckfaddeii:.....Js..._.th^ 
camera bug, having both a 33mm 
Bell & Howells camera and a cbrkr 
Ing Zeiss, still camera, Andy Shar- 
tock, Universal (news service) on 
board the special, adopted some of 
Stride's shots for U. exploitation 
purpo.ses. 

Wilbur Hall fools around with 
rifle;; another pair are expert arch- 
ers, carrying their bows and ar- 
rows a.nd doing wonders with them. 



Paris, May 26. 

Talkers are about 99 per cent ot 
the profession's, conversation here. 
If any ot the arrivals want to crash 
the local sheets, oil's neeossary'is 
to. tell tlie ship's reporters' they are 
going to make a talker. 

Europe Is to get its first taste of 
American opera, June 19, when 
members of the Metropolitan and 
Chicago opera companies will sing 
"A Light From St. Agnes." Jeanne 
Gordon and Mrs. Frank Harling are 
making preparations for the opera 
at the Champs Elysee theatre. 



'YehudI Menuhln, 12-j'car-old vio- 
lin prodigy from San Francisco, has 
created more favorable comment 
around here than any foreign artist 
In years. 

French press outdid itsolf In 
praise of the child wonder. 



Mrs. Thyra Saimtcr Wln'slow en- 
couraged aspiring writers ■whe^ in- 
terviewed here. She said tlint at 
no time have youthful wHtei-s had 
the chance of having their efforts 
accepted as today. 



A portrait of Oscar WlUle, by 
Toulouse Lautrec, fetched nearly 
$12,000 at a recent sale here. Wildc 
died In disgrace and poverty In a 
cheap Paris hotel. A collection was 
made among a few literary friends 
to pay his fune:^al expenses. 

Ballets galore of late. 'Besides the 
Russian U'oupe, Ida Rubinstein Is 
giving' performances on -her own at 
the Opera. This lady now fixed In 
Paris, with plies of money at her 
disposal which she spends on "art," 
well received. 



Vknna 

By E. Pbngracz«Jacobi 



Chatter in London 



'Vienna, May' 20, 
.Universal theatrical slump. is' not 
due to talkers only. Continent Is 
stlU talker-proof, yet the. theatrical 
business has gone to the doga 

Seven theatres have gone dark 
in 'Vienna this season. Neue Wiener 
Buhne, after many failures. Is be- 
ing turned Into a garage. Rest are 
marking time. Probably the seven 
legit houses left suffice to satisfy 
the demands of Austria,' so mucii 
smaller and iK>orer than it was ber>; 
fore the war. 

Sari Fedak. Hungarian prln^ 
donna, is 'very successful:. In the 
German version ot a play wrlttem 
for her, "Jullska." She has a new 
type of play cut specially to fit her 
own style, mixture ot comedy ai^ 
sentiment and folk-play and musi- 
cal memories. After a long run In 
Budapest she Is now. in the - sanle 
play Ih 'Vienna at the Renaissance: 
Reinhardt Making Money 

The one man who can maUe 
money In theatricals In Vienna Is 
Reinhardt, although he says he 
makes money In Berlin and only 
works In "Vlennci because he adores 
the city. Reinhardt is supposed lif> 
be worth two million dollars. Since 
he, will Jio longer direct the. Salz- 
burg Festsplele he Is building a pr\-' 
vate stage In his chateau at Leq- 
poldskron, near Salzburg, where He 
means to try out new plays tor the 
benefit of Invited guests. 

MyateriouS' Authei> 

Josefstadter theatre has an enor- 
mous success with the most talked - 
of play ot the year, "Verbi'echer" 
(Criminals), by the mysterious 
Ferdinand Bruckner. This play has 
been dealt with by "Variety's Ber-' 
Ilh correspondents. Its success ' Ih. 
'Vienna topped that of Berlin. 

Identity of the author not yet re- 
vealed. Wildest conjectures are 
afoot, controversies by critics and 
authors, yet no clue to the author 
or reason for anonymity. 

State Academy of theatrical art 
solemnly Inaugurated. Reinhardt 
proposes to bring up a new genera- 
tion of stage managers who will re- 
deem the Continental stage from 
the crisis It Is passing through. 

AKEBICANS ABBOAS 

Paris, May 21, 
In Paris: Eldrldge Ree'ves John- 
son, '..Max Rabinoff, Mrs. Thyra 
Samter Wlnslow, Arthur Kr.ock, 
Margaret Shotwell, Florence Leslie, 
Paul KochanskI, Laird Goldborough, 
Jed Harris, Elsie' Lawson, Louise 
Groody, Rudolf Frlml, Mrs. Molla B: 
Mallory, Carl van Vechten and wife 
XFanlir 'Marlonoff)7 ■^^Eva-'Gautlileri-^ 
John Mc(jormack, Florence Austral, 
Myra Hess, Roland Hoyes, Louis 
Kronberg, G. Frazln, B. A. MacKin- 
non, FUltOn Oursler, Erno' Rappp, 
Percy Crosby, Denys Wprtman, G. 
R. Marck, Helen Gahagan, "Vera 
Slmcnton, ' ; Maxwell Bodehclm, 
Jeanne Cordon, Alder.son Mowbray,' 
Paul Galileo.' < , i 

• ; '. '.i M, 



London, May 27. 

SwafTer's Head . 

fou can't blame Swalter for be- 
ing stuok on himself. Until a very 
few years ago he did not specialize 
in theati'Ical news or criticisms. In 
a very short space of time he has 
become "an authority." But he had 
nothing to bent. Those who write 
theatrical news over here know as 
much about it as Sir Joseph Gins- 
berg knows about the Euphrates. 

In the Sunday Times the dramatic 
critic speaks, of the late Augustln 
Daly as "an Ameiicaji .ictor." The 
Sunday Chronicle in a spread-head 
across the page announces it has 
won Its first fight In its round 
against stage smut and cites as an 
instance Robert Loralne having 
turned down "Front Page" for this 
country. 

Everybody Jn the show business 
knows Loralne went all the way to 
New. York to see "Front Page" with 
a view to putting it on but could 
hot 'get the script pAst the censor. 
The Sunday Despatch dramatic edi- 
tor also has a streamer across the 
page crying out: ''How- Mary New- 
comb and I saved 'The Infinite 
Shoeblack.' " The piece is being 
financed by Miss Newcomb's mil- 
lionaire husband and is not milking 
money. It is being moved to' the 
Globe on shares because the house 
has no other attraction available. 

Instances like this could be cited 
by the hundreds. 



At the Regent next week the local 
company ' la putting on "East Ly nne." 
In the death scene of the child, 
where the mother Is called upon te 
cry out: "Dead, and he never called 
me 'Mother' I"' the incidental muslo 
will be "Sonny Boy." . 



. , Dm Maurler'4 'Bad .Year 

' Sir Gertild'-du MiluVier 'lias bad a 
pretty bad year at his St. James" 
theatre and is at a loss to secure 
good plays. .To friends ho has con- 
fided, he is uncertain as. to .his fu- 
turel It has been suggested a nuhi- 
ber of times that he go to .AinerJca, 
where he would probably be '^ery 
successful, but the actor-manager, 
for some reason, fears to do so. 

He has in mind a tour of Canada 
with a repertoire of bis old buo> 
cesses. 



Next week the Astoria Cinema 
starts .its talker career -With 
Singing FoOI." This leave's the Cap- 
itol the only , one ot the West End 
cinemas to show silent films, but 
the management state It '^vlU not be 
able 'to shQw them much longer be- 
cause of the difficulty of securinff 
non-talking pictures. 

' The 42d Street Country Club, No. 
2, is coming into its own once again, 
now thai the .east bdtind liners are 
bringing'' full' loads' oi Amerlcian 
spenders for a' sip: of EnKlish sum- 
mer. From^ ' now 'until September 
the West End of- London will re- 
sound with American accents and 
the ilnisl« ot 'lcb. : 

Sam Goldwyn breezed In the other 
night and let out a secret It seema 
for : more, than a year be .has been 
filled.wlthi a desire to do. something 
worthwhiler for the industry out'ol' 
which he has made plenty. So, last 
August, he wrotd to Columbia Uni- 
versity and suggested It co-operat« 
wltb him In giving an annual prize 
for the best original story, written 
for the screen. It has taken all thla 
time to work oat the details, but 
now the university's School of Jour- 
nalism has agreed to go ahead wltb 
thC' scheme. Presently the Goldwyn 
Prize Picture Competition Will be 
announced. 



Archie Selwyn said Here's how" 
the other evening. . He Is pver here 
arranging to take tbe entire cast of 
Many Waters" back to New York 
with him. After the' run of the play 
there, so he says, he Is going to ship 
the troupe out to Hollywood and 
make a talker ot the piece. . 

Archie is as' much hopped ^p o'Ver 
the talkers as Goldwyn. Says the 
New York leglt managers feel the 
same way about It 



Qedfr«!y Tearle. Ete. 

Godfrey Tearle—on his way to the 
first night of "Keepers of Youth" — 
stopped in for a quick one. Every- 
body In London figures Tearle Is a 
million-dollar cinch tor the talkers. 
Handsome as the well-known Greek 
god and with a voice as smooth as' 
Italian silk under plate glass, he is 
none-therless stlU at liberty. 

Told he ought to be In Hollywood 
drawing down the $3,600 a week 
which ■ hls' half-brother, Conway, 
used to get out of the silent pic- 
tures, he Just smiled. 

Percy Burton explained that 
smile. He's holding out for a lot 
more than any thrce-and-a-half '• 
grandl 

Cabaret Hits 

London, June 4. 
■Ghlcago-»Blu©~Blower»-are-prov-~«, 
Ing a big hit at the Kit Cat 

Hollywood Redheads are even 
bigger,' . ' 



Nadja Dancing . In Paris 

.Paris, June 4. 
Miss NadJa, dancer, is listed foi' 
a special performance here June 18, 
Nadja' (s'-from AmerfcA; 

fi ! r ro 1 '.'i;! no »' ro !» r 't* 



60 



VARIETY 



oun 



ftS-OBITUARY 



Wednesday, June 5, 1829 



FLORIDATOPSCORNBET 
FOR CHAUTAUQUA FANS 



Den Moines, Iowa, June 4. 
r>r:imutlc plays and musical re- 
viii^s ai-e the most popular with 
cl\:tutauqua audiences, according to 
C. Benjamin Franklin, of Topeka, 
president of the Associated Chau- 
laiuiuns of America in convention 
111 re. 

The revues aro censored as to 
dancing glrl9 and might not be 
recognized on Broadway. Franklin 
but there Is a decided swing 
ti>w;ird that type of entertainment 
In the Chautauqua field. 

Although Iowa, Kansas and 
Illinois were formerly the strong- 
holds of the Chautauqua world, the 
middlewest states have now been 
displaced by Florida and other 
southern states, according to Frank- 
lin. He !>ald although Florida was 
the best Chautauqua state In the 
oiiuntry at this time. 

tieventy-flve staff members of the 
Chautauqua companies are holding 
a three day conference here this 
week. SiK circuits are consolidated 
under the Associated Chautauquas 
and include Redpath-Vawter, Mid- 
land. Rocky Mountain, West Acme, 
East Acme and International cir- 
cuits. 



Impeded by Cops, Seber 
Moves Troupe to Beach 

Los Angeles, June 4. 

Harry Seber, president of Pacific 
Coast Showmans' Association, 
moved his "Paris After Midnight" 
show down to Long Beach after lios 
Angeles police made It locally un- 
profitable. 

Police obtained two convictions 
against Seber and his manager, 
Sam Landemann, on charges of 
running an indecent show and of 
charging more than one admission 
price. Shortly after the oecond con- 
viction word was passed around 
tha,t the police were starting an- 
other cleanup drive, so Seber 
moved to the be'acb- 

Business reported oke at the new 
stand. 



Tops Cat Waterbury 



Waterbury, Conn.,. June 4. 

This city has seen Its last big 
circus for some time. For many 
years Waterbury has been a bad 
stand for circuses, with local law- 
yers ready to slap on attachments 
on any pretext. 

Following two suits filed against 
Sells-Floto show recently, the 
American Circus Corp. has decided 
to keep Its shows out. 

The Blngltng-Bairnum show lias 
already dropped the city from Its 
schedule due to the sharp practices 
of local attorneys. 



Winds OntmCld 



Chicago, June 4. 
Paddle wheels at Rlvervlew park 
and White CUy have been ordered 
out by police this year. The bally- 
hoo boys who kept the wheels 
whirling In the kewple doll and 
candy booths for years without 
hindrance are squawking, but the 
order stands. Police dictum is that 
the wheels are gambllns. 



Memorial Day Clear, Hot; 

First Time in Five Years 

\ > 

For the first time in five years 
the concession and park men in the 
New York territory got a break on 
the Decoration Day weather. No 
rain and plenty of heat gave them 
their first real profit in years. 

All the rides did a landlord biz 
In the outdoor places, while the 
bathing pools were Jammed. Most 
of the N. T. city swimming places 
opened Thursday and reported a 
turnaway business. 

Oate of 7S cents and another nick 
for the lockers put a lot of money 
in the pool coffers. 



WirHOUT A BET 

Paris, May 24. 

Alice Mowncuse, performing with 
a road circus pitched at Versailles 
fell from the top of the tent when 
she missed the trapeze during a 
performance. 

The girl was not using a net. She 
was picked up with two ribs and 
left arm fractured, necessitating her 
admission in the local public hos 
pltal. . 



BIO TOP AS FOBUH 

Waterloo, Iowa, June 4. 
"Hey, Rube," a fire, storms and 
the like, are ordinary causes for 
halting a circus, but Robblns 
Brothers' ■ performance was halted 
here for a few ^ minutes while the 
director urged . every voter In the 
audience to vfite "yes" on a county 
-l>pn d- Issue ,of fljOOMPg^to pave "th? 
prlhiary roRda... -~ — 



BBmiDAGE BEATS WItIT 

Rock Island, June 4. 

The S. W. Bru^dage shows played 
the trl-cltles. Rock Island,' lloline 
and Davenport,-. d«SRlte an- Injunc; 
tlon. Issued April 27, which ke&t 
.them off a lot .on the leveo; 

They rented pHv&te prbperty at 
Fifth street and I^lQet^enth. avenue. 



THIBSTT .HOBSES 



The day Whalen sent out his 
plea, to taxpayers to chip In 
something extra for the cops' 
new caps and blouses competi- 
tion set In. Elderly matrons 
with water buckets cluttered 
5th avenue, stopping taxpayers 
for a throw-in to aid working 
horses by establishing water 
stations. 



Roimmg Pop Contest 



The following agents and man- 
agers have been appointed by. Frank 
J. Lee, director of publicity for 
Aviation Industries, Chicago, to 
handle the exploitation of the 1929 
popularity contest which opens June 
17. In picture houses from coast to 
coast: John W. Luce, Boston and 
New England; Edward A. Wheeler, 
Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania; Ed- 
ward Hayden O'Connor, Manhattan 
and Bronx; Jack A. Lacy, Seattle 
and Northwestern district; J. E. 
Welslan, Cleveland, Akron and 
Toungstown; Walter Leckrone,' 
Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton; 
Jack Vetter, St. Joseph and kansae 
City; Jack T. Lee, Milwaukee and 
Wisconsin; Sam Lederer, Chicago 
and Illinois; George Florida, Brook- 
lyn and Staten Island; Charles 
Brooke, Long Island; James Pow- 
ers, Newark and Jersey City; Wil- 
liam A. Jtusco, San Francisco and 
Oakland; Rex Rlchter, Atlanta and 
Birmingham, and Robert B. Em- 
erick, Memphis and New Orleans. 



Canu?a]$ 



(For Current Week (June 9) When 
. Not OtherwlM' indicated) 
Alabama Am. Co., Sbelbyrllle, Ky. 
Alamo Expo., Cisco, Tex 
AnderaOn-Srader,' Phllllpsburg, 

Kans.' 

Barkoot Bros., Marlon, Ihd 

Barlow's, Bloominglon, Hi.. 

Macy Barnhart, Tracy, Minn.; 10, 
Marshall; 18, Mahpetoh,- N. D. 

Beaty Shows, Cassrlile, Mo. 

F. H. Bee, Winchester, Ky, 

Blue Ribbon, Fairfield, la. 

Bright Way, Oarfleld, N. J. 

Broadway Shows, Shenandoah, 
Pa. 

Brown & Hoy,' Mascoutab, 111. 
Capital Am., Winnebago. 
Cetlln & Wilson, Darby, Pa. 
Coleman. Bros., Pawtucket, R. I. 
Cooper Rlalto, Farrell, Pa. 
Copplng's, Jamestown, N. T. 
Corey's, Shenandoab, Pa. 
Craft's, Redding, -CalU. 
Dodson's, Slouz Falls, S. D. 
Drew's, Revere, Mass. 
Earle's, Carrlngton, N. D. 
Noble C. Fairly, Trenton, Mo. 
Mad Cody Fleming, Columbus, 
Ind. 

John Francis, Des Moines. 
W. A. GIbbs, Galena, Kans; 
Great Lakes, Rochester, N. T. 
Greenburg Am. Co^ Pocatello, la. 
Harris Combined, WIrinemucca, 
Nev. 

Haason & Clark, Camden, N. J. 
Ketchum's, Brldgevllle, Pa. 
Klrkwood's, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Levitt-Brown, Tacoma. 
Little's Expo., Franklin, O. 
J. T. McClellan's, Clinton, Mo. 
Metropolitan, Elizabethtown, Pa. 
Mlddleton's, DanavlUe, N. T. » 
Ralph R. Miller, Alexandria, La. 
Molly's American,' Taunton, Mass. 
Morris & Castle, Hutchinson, 
Kans. 

Frank J. Murphy, 8-15, New Ro- 
chelle, N. T. 

Pacific States-Kline, Pendleton, 
Ore.; 10, La Grande, Ore. 

J^erklns Greater^ Barre, Vt. 

Ray's Am., Jasper, Minn. 

Relthoffer, Newport, Pa. 

Rock City Shows, Logan, W. Va. 

JRubIn e Cbeny,: Clarksburg, W. 
Va.- 

Rubin & Cherry Model, Jollet, IlL 
Sheealey Greater, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Slebrand Bros., Grand Fork, N. D. 
Snapp Bros., Zelger, HL 
Southern Tier, GOhoes, N. T. 
Sam B.' Spencer, Belletonte, Pa. 
W. T. Stone, I4nden, N. J. 
Stoneman Shows, - Shawano, Wis. 
T. J. Tldwell, SaUda, CoL 
Tip Top ShowSf ' Bristol, Pa. 
United Am. Co., Clymer, Pa.; 10, 
Lilly, Pa. 
Woirs,' Clinton, la. 
Zelger's,' Waltesburg, Wash. 



Mangles Keeper's Ann 



Portland, Ore., June 4, 
Douglas Grlzzard, 23, tiger keeper 
with Al G. Barnes' circus, while 
here was mauled by one of the big 
cats and lost an arm. 

Grlzzard reached Into cage to pet 
the tiger, which became frightened 
and seized the keeper's arm. Grlz- 
zard's screams cast the menagerie 
Into an uproar,' animals lashing 
cages and roaring. 

He was • removed to hospital, 
where amputation below elbow was 
found necessary. Grlzzard Is from 
Richmond, Va. 



TEZ US' AIMEE IN WAX 

A New Tork outdoor mnn is put- 
ting together a museum In wax, 
having among his figures Tex Gul- 
nan, Almee McPherson, Colonel 
Lindbergh, Gerald Chapman, Al 
Smith, General Persbing and Cal- 
vin Coolldge. 

The Idea is to make fairs at a 10c. 
pitch. 



Sparks' on L. I. 

The first circus of any note to hit 
Long Island this season is the 
Sparks' outfit, starts this week. 



Donald Davis, son of Owen Davis 
helping William Wellman on dialog 
for "Woman T. p." 

"Youth Has Its Fling," first of 
Par's junior group to go into pro- 
duction. Victor Schertzlnger. di- 
recting. 

U have changed "title of 'Com 
panionate Troubles," starring Regi- 
nald Denny, to "The Girl Dodger." 

Lenore Ulrlc's second talker for 
-Fox~wlll-be_iXa_:aralnge^by_,'rqm 
Cushlng. Her first, "Frozen Jus^ 
tlce,"^ has had Llna Basquette and 
Louis WolUelm adi'et". to cast; 

Virginia Lee . Corbln, added' to 
"Footlights and Fools,". FN; 

Conway T'eeCrle, male lead In 
'■Tiger Rose)" WB. 

Janet Gaynor, Sharon Lynn, and 
Hugh Trevor featured' In "Suntiy' 
aide . Up," For. David Butler will 
direbb 

Mary Duncan's next .for Fox will 
be "Conquistador," adapted from 
Itatlierlne F. dfaroid's noveU 



Ciraises 



Haaenbeok-Wallaee 

June 3, Terre. Haute; 4, Indianap- 
olis; 6, Richmond, Ind.; 6, Newark, 
O.; 7, Wooster; 8, Alliance, O. 

Rlngring-Barnum 

3-4, Pittsburgh; 6, Toungstown, 
O,; S, Akron; 7-8, .Cleveland. 

Sells- Floto 

S, Providence; 4, Pawtucket; 6, 
Newport, R. I.; 6, Fall River, Mass.; 
7, New Bedford; 8, Attleboro, Mass. 



Al Q. Barnes 

June 8, Yakima, Wash.; June 4, WaHa- 
Walla; June C, Lewlston, Idabo; June 0, 
Moscow; June 7, Wallace; June 8, Spokane, 
Wash: June 8, Troy, Mont; June 10. F«r- 
nle, B. c.; June 11, Blalrmore, Alborta: 
June 13, Lethbrldge; June 18, Calgar.v 
June 14, Camroee; June 10, Bdmonton. 




EDWARD GALLAGHEii 

Edward Gallagher, 6S (Gallagher 
and Sheah), died May 28 in River- 
crest Sanitarium, Astoria. Bd, Gal- 
lagher had been a patient- in -tbe 
Astoria Institution for two years' 
following 4 breakdown while at the 
p6ak of bis' sta^ 'euccess. 

Much of Gallagher's life was 
spent In yau<leTllle where be was 
one of the best straight men. 

Gallagher's earlier successes were 
gained In partnership .with Joe Bar- 
rett Gallagher and Barrett were 
a standard oomedy team IS- years 
ago ill the sketch "The Battle of 
Too Soon," first of d series of mili- 
tary travesties. 

Through the teaming with Al.- 
Shean, Dutch, comic, the Gallagher 
and Shean duo finally landed In 
Ziegfeld's "Follies" In 1922. They, 
also were with the Shuberts. 

Some yeafs before Mr. Gallagher 
had been a straight man in bur- 
lesque and one of the best in that 
division. He continued stralghting 
for his comedian features - when 
leaving burlesque. 

At one time the comedians be- 
came Involved In a court fight with 
Brian Foy, who wrote the "Mr. 
Gallagher, Mr. Shean" song and 
then with the ShubeVts .who -had 
them in a Winter Garden show. 
Their separation from thiD firm re- 
sulted In the celebrated unique an^ 
extraordinary entertainers' verdict. 
Domestic squabbles resulted In "EHI 
Gallagher's third wife, Helen. Galla- 
gher, divorcing him and then finally 
a fight between the team ' Itself, 
with Shean suing. Gallagher. 

All these legal . difficulties proved 



JOHN G. RICE 

In Iiovlns Memory ot 
A Beloved Hueband and Father 

Sially Cohen Rice 
Gladys Rice 



too much for Gallagher and he suf- 
fered a collapse In 192S. His birth- 
place was- San' Francisco. His last 
wife of four was Ann Luthei' who 
divorced htm. 



FRED M. BARNES 

Fred M. Bamea, 59, of the Barnes 
& Carruthera ' Outdoor Booking As- 
sodatloni died June !> In Columbus 
Hospital, Chicago, from complica- 
tion following an operation for g^ll. 
bladder. He. had been in III health 
for two years. 

Mr. Barnes started his outdoor 
booking activities 36 years ago 
when he came, to this country, from. 
Berlin. .He ba^ been a seller of 
acts to outdoor enterprises for years 
and was the first to sign 'acts for 
outdoors with play or pay contracts 
then sell them to vaudeville' circuits 
during the winter months. 

He had been associated with- 
various agencies including the 
World Amusement Co. and had the 



JOHN BARNES 

John Barnes, 45, vaudevlllian, was 
overcome by the beat June 1 and 
died in his room at the Hotel Som- 
erset, New York.. 

He Is reported aa having resided 
In Freeport, L. I., for some time. At 
the N. V. A. little Information could 
be obtained as to his stage career, 
other than he had been in vaude- 
ville with the Barnes and Hamilton, 
team, was 'married arid his widow 
survives. He had been a member 
of the N.. V. A., but permitted his 
membership to .lapse in 1924. 



The mother, 70, of Cyrena Van. 
Gordon, Chicago opera, died May 27 
in Chicago. 



Wife of J. P. Muller, who heads 
the theatrical advert'lsing agency, 
died suddenly at her home In New 
To'rk, May 80. 



The wife of William Schulz, man- 
ager, Excel circus, died In the Al- 
toona. Pa., hospital May 30. Inter- 
ment In. Altoona. 

~-j\nna„,. .VVioiired prie«|. ^ wl^ of 
BVank Price, for many yearTof tHe 
Morning Telegraph, died Sunday In 
Brooklyn. ' 



Deaths Abroad' 

Parte, May 20. 
Andre Saglio.XJaoaueis Presa), 61, 
French stage designer. . . , t ■ 
.Jan* Leryf,^ French singer, died at 
Alexandria, of typhoid. 

M. Mercadiar* 69, 'vaude violinist, 
in Paris, 10 ybtoii'acA 



III fond rehiembrance ot mr dear 
rrlend ' 



JOHNNY DOOLEY 

> left this earth June 3, 19! 
much too soon 

HARRY A. ROMM 



In "The Noose," Previously he haA 
played In "Llghtnln'," "Turn to thfl( 
Right," "The Holy Terror," "Treas-^ 
ure Island," and others. 

He ls survived by his widow, Cortk^ 
Bennett, who retired from the stags, 
^me 'years ' ago. ' Harlan Thomp'^ 
soii,' now . 'Writing ' on the Coast fop 
Fox, Is a nephew. Funeral in Loa 
Angeles, May 31. 



. CHARLES STURQESS 

Charles Sturgess, 67, for ma.ny^ 
years manager of the William Uodsr« 
attractions, died June 2 as he waa. 



In Fund BemembraoM ot 

JACK BARNES 

of HASaLTON aod BARNES 
who pawed away Haj- SI, IMB. 
May he rest in peac«. 

JIMMIE HANLON 

of San Francisco 



riding on a train to Grcenv,'ich, 
Conn., for a conference with Mr. 
Hodge. Mr. Sturgess boarded the 
train at Graiid Central but suc- 
cumbed to heart trouble before the 
12Bth street station was reached. 

He was taken to a nearby hospital 
where efforts were made to revive 
him. Ed Glroux, an old. friend ot 
Sturgess', was notified. Went to the 
hospital and made Sturgcse' identi- 
fication- complete. 

. Hodge had just closed his season 
and Sturgess had prepared his final 
statements to submit -.to the former 
at Greenwich. 

The remains were taken to Lyons. 
N. Y., yesterday (Tuesday) for 
services at his home, and from thera 
to Rochester for cremation. 
,,. Mr. Sturgess Is survived by a 
widow. He was a member of the 
Theatrical Press Representatives. 



large state 'fair secretaries person- 
ally tied up for years, his activity 
In this respect considered almost a^ 
monopoly. 

Mr. Barnes was the first presl-' 
dent of the Showmen's League of 
America. . r 

He had been married twice and. 
divorced ffom each; both surviving.' 
Four chlldreta' also survive, Stella, 
Gloria, Michael and Eugene. 

Mr. Barnes was known as a "first 
nighter" and. heavy spender, and 
was very ch9,ritable. At: one time 
he owned the .Wprld-At-Home Car^ 
nival Co. and understood to have 
had pieces of many other outdoor 
shows, 

Intermeilt fn Woodlawn ceme- 
tery, Chicago. 



GEORGE THOMPSON 

George Thompson, 61, died May 
29 in the Osteopathic Hospital, Los 
Angeles, two weeks after a' major 
operation for stomach trouble In- 
strgSteSTBy 'pbls6nous~faoiai' make^ 
up, which started an infection. De- 
ceased had but recently- gone to 
California fcr talking pictures, hav- 
ing just finished a role In the first 
Moran and Mack picture at' Para- 
mount 

Thompson went on the stage at 
16. For many years he headed his 
own road company and was later 
starred In Swedish dialect parts. 
'Hia laat . Broadway- appearaaoe waa 



HARRY LYONS 

Harry Lyons, who was last em- 
ployed AS secretary for Sidney 
Marion, died In iElaton, N. M., April 
13, due to Infection following hav- 
ing two teeth extracted in Los An- 
geles. Lyons had ' driven Mrs. 
Marion from New York to Los An- 
geles and Sidney had finished hia 
theatrical eitgagementa when Lyona 
started to drive them to Denver. 
However,, his face began to swelL 
Lyons was left in Arizona for 
surgical treatment. Marion con- 
tinued to Denver. 

Lyons felt better after treatment 
and started by tralii .to meet Marlon 
In' Denver, but became uhcOnsclous - 
on the way and was removed at 
Raton where he died. Marlon took 
charge of the body and had it 
shipped to New York. The Jewish 
Theatrical Guild had charge of hia 
burial. 

Lyons worked for Harry Burns 
for several years and also was In 
Irene Rlcardo's employ at one time. 



MRS. THOMAS K. . HEATH 

Mrs. Thomas K. Heath, 60, wife 
of Tom -Heath of Heath and Mclii- 
tyre, died June 1 at the .Heath home 
In Astoria, Long Island, of a com- 
plication of diseases. 

Mrs. Heath many years ago ap- 
peared 1 .1 vaudeville, her stage name 
being ' Grace Heath. 

The Heaths were married 40 years 
ago and were known as a model 
stae;e . couple. A son was bom to 
them, biit he died. Mrs. Heath's . 
body will be placed In a mausoleum 
In Brooklyn beside that of her son. 
A sister and ' brother, also a niece, 
.Grade Heath, dancer, as well as the 
husband; survive. 

The funeral was held today 
CWednesday) from the Heath home, 
li4 Grand avenue, Astoria, L. I. 



DELBERT E. BENN 

Delbert E. Benn, 55, manager, 
Sherman 'Vaudeville Booking Agen- 
cy, Chicago, died June 1 of cancer. 

Prior to entering the booking field 
Mr. Benn had .played Ir vaudeville 



jli' Memory pt uif fncle 



EDWARD MORBACH, Sr. 

wlio doimrted thin Ufe 
Mar 9, 1020. 
■Ui I,oalsTlUe, Ky. 

.Edyard Mo^^ Jr. 



OS member of the- Benn and Allen 
team. The Miss Allen of that com- 
bination waa Mrs. Benn who sur- 
vlvea. ■ 

. Interment In Chicago. 



• The mother of Phil Doyle (Doyle 
and .Mitchell) died Mw 26. Inter- 
ment in Calvary cemetery. Long 
Island. - . 



Wednesday, June 6, 1929 



VARIETY 



61 



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State-Lake 

■ Vaudeville, for n chnnge, contains 
at least half of the drawing power 
■at the State-^Lake tlilg week. Com- 
'lilned flint and' stagre show good en- 
.t'ertainment. 

Of prime.' box office importance 
are the headlined "Our Gang" Ulds, 
'not those In B. & K. picture houses 
'several months ago. This act has 
'Mary Kohiman, Scooter Lowry and 
Johnny Downs, assisted by two men 
acting' sJt director and cameraman, 
jjcooter, miniature tough, as a first 
yate stage performer and makes the 
Oct of real value on the stage as 
'^ell aa at the box office. His two 
-partners have grown like weeds 
since out of the pictures, and are 
almost unrecognizable. But with' 
Scooter and the peppy talk material 
by Herman i?imberg, this act Is for 
.the best of houses and Is bound to. 
click. The awkward flnlsli typical 
of picture name acts is completely 
•absent here, because both Scooter 
4Uid Johnny Downs are snappy tap 
'Jibofers. Sfary Kornman, the orig- 
inal- leading girl of "Gang" com- 
.edles. Is valuable In being the best 
known of the trio. 

- Another i.ame on the bill, of some 
local pill), is Ben Blue. The dancing 
',<!omic was recently at the Palace 
with too much material and almost 
spoiled himself. The act is cut and. 
automatically strengthened now. 
Blue did his stuff In tall-end posl- 
ition /ithout losing a laugh. In his: 
..company are Viola Evans and the. 
.PersonoJIty.Boyp, latter two homely,' 
^overdressed stooge types. Blue's' 
'dying duck dance highlights a con-; 
.6tant procession of good comedy, 
'-with his ice sliating routine and a. 
.Rube Goldberg method of cymbal 
playing by the Personality Boys 
.also high in recognition received. 
Big time comedy act from start to 
finish. 

Third in the class trio of featured 
acts was Pcpito, Spanish clown, in 
full stage with a flock of props and 
a girl dancer assisting. Pepito is a 
great act for the kids, and so skilled 
a performer the adults were drown- 
In;?- out the youngsters. 

George Dbrjnonde, comic unicy- 
cll^t, opened and set a fast pace. for' 
the bill with his riding skill cloaked. 
In-holfe comedy. Little too fast for: 
George McClennon, colored b.f. sin- 
gle, 'who. followed, with a slow buti 
entertaining act. Opens qiitetly, 
growing in otrength as he worlis. 
' Stuatt Caisey and Mildred' 'War- 
. ren, In comedy sketch with Jewelry 
store setting, gut moderate results. 
Casey plays a dumb English sales- 



nian, his partner doing slang for 
contrast. Pepito, Our Gang Kids 
and Blue followed In succession, 
completing a'n all-comedy bill. 

Feature "Jazz Age" (PBO), Busi- 
ness good, Bing, 

Ritz 

One of the last Association shows 
for the summer. That fact, plus 
weather as hot as it was wet two 
weeks ago, brought out only six 
turns, In place of the usual eight or 
more. 

Lew Bella and Co. opened with 
the "company" consisting of a girl, 
table and chair. Bella's teeth are 
stronger than the act, but It got a 
fair reward. 

Grace Connelly sings and her 
company accompanies on a baby 
grand. The little tapping Grace did 
at tile close and for an encore was 



have closed: Pabst Players, David- 
son, Milwaukee; . Criterion, Okla- 
homa City; Stewart 'Walker Players, 
Taft Auditorium, Cincinnati; "Wright 
Players, Post theatre, Battle Creek,' 
Mich. 



George Hoskyn's version of the 
"Passion Play" will open June 2-1 
at the Auditorium. Patrick Mack 
is promoter and manager and Hos- 
kyn will direct. 



John Mclnerney, B. & K. Chicago 
press department, in Henrotin hos- 
pital with infected leg. 



During a dinner at the home of 
Barney Baldban of Balaban & katz 
attended by 30 prominent Chicago 
.Tews, $62,000 was raised for' the 
$220,000 campaign for erection of a 
library and addition to the Hebrew 



CORRESPONDENCE 



All matter in CORRESPONDENCE refers to ourrent week unless 
otherwise Indicntea. 

The cities under Correspondence in this issue of Variety are as 
follows and on pages: 



ALBANY 61 

ATLANTIC CITY 62 

BRONX 63 

BROOKLYN 63 

CHICAGO 61 

CLEVELAND 61 

DENVER 63 

DES MOINES 61 

DETROIT 63 



FT. WAYNE 63 

LOS ANGELES 62 

MINNEAPOLIS 61 

MONTREAL 62 

OTTAWA 63 

PORTLAND, ORE. 61 

ROCHESTER 62 

SYRACUSE ..i. 63 

TOLEDO 61 

TORONtO 62 



better than the singing of blues 
and ballads, but noi' enough to make 
much out of the turn. 

Monte and Keno, burlesque acro- 
batic team, have a slow and draggy- 
act, depending upon the difference 
in size of the team for mucli of the 
weak comedy. 

Carnival Legaspl was the most 
pretentious effort of the : evening. 
Six Hawalians playing Ave banjos 
and something- that approached a 
cello, assisted by a dance team.: 
Hawalians played American music 
off key and: the 'dancers- did various 
routines oft beat. 

Carol and.Janies were the best on 
the bill in a hut act with fast and 
pretty good patter. 

Ling Tey Trio closed. Man and 
two women, Japs, difficult balanc- 
ing on ladders and prop buildings. 
Business poor. 

"Shady Lady" (Pathe), screen 
feature. Loon. 



Great States will take over the 
Fischer and Palace, Danville, 111., 
July 1,. closing both houses for re- 
modeling. . Opening will be Sept. 1, 
with both houses wired -tuid ; one 
playing .vaude. Tom Ronan, wTio 
held stock control of the Palace, wtii 
^manage both houses. ' 

G-S Star In 'Elgin,, small pl'cturi* 
house, will l>« a department store, 



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J. C. WILUAMSON. 144. 

BARBARA LUDDY 

.FOR 20 PEEKS' 8TAOE ENGAGE- 
MENT IN AUSTBAUA 




Benson's all star band leaves for 
Atlantic City to play the Million 
Dollar Pier Jdly 1. They will rec- 
ord while east. 



Bobby Meeker and his band will 
play at the Antlers, Colorado 
Springs, this summer. 



Chicago Music Corp. has been 
formed by Frank Alberta, Dan John- 
son, Louis Salemme and F. B. Ed- 
monds. To engage in booking, pro- 
ducing, publishing, etc. 



Publlx Is building in Fort 'Wayne, 
Ind., this tall. 'W. C. Quimby's Em- 
boy is the town's biggest stand. 



Chicago company of "Follow 
Thru" announced for the Great 
Northern the last week of July, with 
"New Moon" to September. 



A 2,000-seat theatre and store 
building announced for early con-^ 
structlon by the Reed-Rogers Corp.- 



Allen theatre, Racine, formerly, 
under co-operative house staff man-- 
agcment, has. been taken over by. 
Charles Bandy, yrlth silent first half 
and sound last half. 



Sam Abrams and Julius Lamb 
recently Incorporated the United 
Tlifeatre Co. In Kenosha, Wis., op- 
erating the Butterfly. Roosevelt and 
Vogue in that city. They have taken 
the Majestic In Kenosha, with 
Abrams managing, playing sound 
pictures with vaude on tlie last half; 

The following stock companies 



Theological College here. Balaban 
is chairman of the campaign com- 
mittee. 



timate .costs, that work was stopped 
in July of that year, when it was 
decided not to build, and that the 
pl.nhs were not paid for. 



Grand and Lyric theatres in Lima 
are being wli-ed. That makes the 
town's noise quota complete. 



DES MOINES 

R«rch«l — Dni-U. 

('Mlno — "Thf I.one . Wolf's DauRhter." 
l>eii Molnrft — ^"The PaKan." 
<ittrden-r"The Homo Towners." 
Orulieum — Vau^tllin. 
rttmce-^"Th© Lft>vICB8 I.eglon." 
Portimoant — "J5c!»crt Song." 
' rrogldrnt — Doric, 
rrliicewt — DfirU. 
strand — "Suni*l-'*o." 



In celebration of tlie first anni- 
versary of sound pictures the Des 
Molnos, fli'.st house In the city to be 
wired, has a novelty entitled "Ho- 
gan's Wild Oats," made in 1909, fea- 
turing Mabel Normand and Charles 
Murray, wlilc'a is .shown syn(-hro- 
nlzcd with an up-to-dato jazz Jini- 
sical score. 



Jack Roth, manager of the Para- 
mount, reports all differences with 
xhe stage liands have been settled. 
The crew is at work again. 



Nate Frudenfeld and E. R. Cum 
mings, district managers for PubllxS, 
have traded territories. In the fu 
ture FrudenfcM will have Cedar 
Rapids, Waterloo, Rock Island, Dav- 
enport, Moline, Council Bluffs iand 
Sioux City houses,- while Cummlngs 
will have Des Moines and Omaha 
theatres. 



^ Cole McMartin has been elected 
president of the Des Moines Com- 
munity Drama Association. Mary 
McCoi"d Is secretary. 



Minneapolis 

By LESTER REES . 

Henacpln — "Mnry Dusan" and vauda 
■ Trlxle PrlBanzd-). 

l'apt««t*— ^"Dllferont Eyca";. vand«, 

MlnntMto— "nolnbow Man"; Publlx 
-anit ghow;" - • ■ < 

Stat«:T-"AUb>." 

liyrto — "BTacU 'Waters," 

-Strand — '^Deaert hKghts" <2a ran). ■ 
' .Cimnd — "CjoQuetto" ..42d run). . 



ers. Also plan to build a ihcitre 
In Akron. 



Cleveland Opera Guild t.ikin.c; ovt-r 
the Hanna to put on "Bohoml.in 
Girl" is one of the society events of 
season. 

Tommy Carroll, formerly m;iniii;t-r 
of Loew's State and later of l^p- 
town, going to France .md HoUaml 
in July. 



Keith's P.alacc has turned Oispl:i.\ 
ad composition, previously done by 
Its p. a., over to a local advertising 
ccincern. Paul Brokaw now does 
publicity only. 



W. 'Ward Marsh, film critic un 
the Plain Dealer, has been appointed 
by New York attorneys of the lati- 
Avery. Hopwod to check up on th" 
playwright's Cleveland e-state. 



Summer stock opens at Cohimbi:). 
headed by Margie Ba' tel and .I.ncl: 
Montagu^. Jerry Hiiusnor, loc:i' 
legitimate stock actor, to be glvo; 
tryout by (Jus Plnlg, producer. 



Two new theatres a<'e to be built 
in Ashtabula, O. One to be eroct<-<l 
by Shea Interests, another by a na- 
tional theatre chain not named. 



ALBANY, N. Y. 

By. HENRY RETONDA 

Stmnii— '710111106 but .Llea." 
I^Inad — "The Rainbow Man." 
Bit* — "Where Bnst Is East:" 
Clbttoa Bq. — vxhe Wind" and "True 
Heaven." 
TroetoT — Pictures and vaude. 



Dobert Rosenthal, of Utica, man- 
ager of new Madison, neighborhood, 
opening last week. House, wired, 
owned by Warner-Stanley. 



Luna, Kankakee, has gone soundl 



Lincoln, Sterling, G-S, opens with 
sound June 9. 



Billy Grant, dance producer at the 
Oriental the past two monthi^, leaves 
for Hollywood this week. 



Two Orpheum jr.-Ass'n houses 
will not be affected by the change 
from Sunday to . Saturday openin'ss 
June 16. Englewood and Belmont 
In Chicago, both split weeks. 



Cliff Nazzaro went into Gi-eat 
States' Lincoln, Decatur, 111., as ml 
c. June 2. He recently played 14 
weeks in the house. 



Morton Schaeffer, previously man-, 
ager of the Melrose Bros. Music Co.- 
here, is now practicing law. 



TOLEDO 

By E. H. GOODING 

rolace — Dark. 

Htote— "Show Boat." 

PAraihonnt — "Innocenta of Parle." 

Vita-Temple — "One Stolen Night." 

Valentine — "Voice of the City," 

Pantheon — "Coraera." 

Ohle-^Plcturee. 

World — Picture a. 

Bylvan — Pictures. 

Hlvoll— VandfllAi. 



Palace closed last week after 
running under the Wright stock 
banner for a year and a half, and 
will reopen In the fall. Frances Dale 
and Donald Foster,' leads, will re- 
turn. Virginia Curley, Ingentie, is 
going to the National Players, 
Washington; John Lyons, manager* 
goes to Detroit to manage the 
Wright company there; Walter 
Vaughn, juve and comedy lead, re- 
turns to Buffalo. 



FOR RENT 

— -GITY"™EATRE-~_^^ 

114 East 14th St. 

Policy must be non-compctitlve 
with Academy of Music • 

Apply 

- Fox Theatrical jEnterpriaes, inc. 

850 Tenth 'Ave„ilew Y6rH 'City Columbus 3320 



Calvin Realty Co. was Incorpo- 
rated as a holding company last 
week to purchase. Summit-Cherry 
building at sheriff's sale for HOO,- 
005, clearing Publix' title to the 
site on which a $1,600,000 theatre: is 
to be built Plans are for a 3,000- 
seater. 



Edward H. Smith, actor formorly 
with the 'Wright Players, now To- 
ledo Blade radio program director, 
liaa Jiefin named head of the dra- 
matic departmSr' oY" CoTIfng-woda' 
Conservatory of Music. He will de- 
velop a theatre laboratory tliere. 

Otto Randolph, Inc., Chicago, last 
week filed suit in Federal Court licre 
for $7,762:i6 against the Seltz The- 
atre Co., Sandusky. Plaintiff claims 
the Randolph firm was engaged in 
April, 1927, -to prepare plans for a 
theatre lor t^e , defendant .and e« 



. WRHM, local, ..now of the new 
American Broadcasting Co. chain. 

Channlng .Smith engaged as stage 
director of the ■ newly organized 
Minneapolis Junior Repertory osbo? 
ciation, organization oi professional 
players. 



PORTLAND, ORE 

By JAMES T. WYATT 
Partlabd — "Gentlemen of Press." 
Broadwiiy-r-"The Divine I.ady." 
United Artlata— "Alibi." 
Moaio B<nr-"De»ert: PonK" (2<1 «b«k). 
iUa« Hotuie — "Kr-om Headquarters." 
Oriental— "Slmba." 
Panlactia — "Blochade."- 
Hetllc-HIp — Westminster Qlee 61npers, 
3 -daya 

Dafvrln — Henry Dufty Player& 



Oriental has changed to Monday 
openings. Pan house here opens 
Monday, while most . of the other 
large bouses have Thursday open- 
ings. 



Capitol, down town second run, 
reported closing. Is remaining open. 



Multnomah circuit of suburban 
iiouses are to remain Universal. Ef- 
forts to disirase of the 11 houses are 
reported unsuccessful. 



J. J. Parker will rename the Peo- 
ple's theatre the Alder. House 
changes name after 20 years' busi- 
ness. To open July 1, policy un- 
announced', probably first and sec- 
ond run. ilouse hiLs been enlarged. 

Nat Nazarro Is the new m. c. at 
the Broadway, replacing Georgle 
Stoll. 



Frank Farley, head usher at the 
Mark - RItz, now ' oos't to Charlei! 
Smakwitz, manager. 

Regent, 2d-run Stanley, closed for 
wiring. Samuel I J. Aaron at Amer- 
ican, Troy,- as -mgr.- temporarily. 

Harry Seed, branch mgr. of Wai - 
ner here, in Buffalo In charge of 
office there. 




. A. H. WQODS' 

A DELPHI 

A. H. WOODS'^ Naw Production 

Based on ihe Famous Song 
Cast of 60 




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Surplus material suitable for stock 
houses and actH. All in ifood condi- 
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tumes; wardrobe tmnks: Krooml 
jcloths; travellns electrle switchboard: 
Soloo Motor 'Ilghtlns ontflt eultablfr 
(or carnival; scenery; apotUgJits and 
electrical efTocts, .et& 
Call-' Tnnkee AnmeateM Co.: 1210 
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CLEVELAND 

By GLENN C. PULLEN 

Ohio— "American TrnKeily." 
Hnnnn- — "Jf3phemlan Qlrl-" 
Play Honse — "He Who Ciels Slapped.' 
MetrotwIHflB— "Hello, Holly." 
Palace — "Hot Btuft." 
Allen— "This Is Heaven." 
Ktatc — "BrIdKe of Snn Luis Re;." 
Illl>-r-"In-nocent» of PorlH." 
- lOSIh— "Molly and Me," 



Saturday openings go Into effect 
this week at Keith's Palace, Hip 
and 105th, with Friday openings at 
Loew's State. 



Warner Bros, have taken over Up- 
town and 'Variety, do luxe neighbor-, 
hod.'j operated by Silverman Brothr 



ADER^ApER 

Attomeya and Coanaettpf!: 

Announce the removal of their offlcep 
to larger and more commodious quar- 
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V A R I E T Y 



Wednesday, June 5, 1929 



VARIEn'S LtfS ANGELES OFFICE 

ARTHUR UNGAR in Charge 

loew's State Bldg., Suite 1221-22 
707 So. Broadway Trinity 3711-3712 



Los Angeles 



PrefeMronat* hav* tha frea uta of Variety's 
Lea Anoalaa Qffiea for information. Mall 
5?."/ "l^ddroMod oare Variety, Loaw's State 

?'SL"- ^^"."l^P'^S' "-w Angoras, 'ft wHIbS 
held aubject to «all or forwarded, or advar. 
tiaed In Variety'a Letter Ltab 



Pantagas 

Plenty ot octs but nov much 
quality on the current Pun bill. 
Show runs close' to an hour and a 
half and not much of It worth while. 
Opener, W. B. Pollard, comedy Jug- 
gler, close to the best on the menu. 
He gave the show a start It failed 
to live up to. 

Marcel and Zia Source In the 
deuce spot. Both sing, more or less; 
one plays the piano and the other 
the violin. Easy to take but noth- 
ing to remember. 

Penny, Reed and Gold, nn un- 
funny male trio, worked hard trying 
to sing and raise laughs, without 
getting anywhere until the end, 
when they blossomed out with one 
pluylng two clarlnetes, another a 
sax and the third an accordion for 
a strong finish. Ventriloquist stunt 
In the middle of the act n. g. Need 
more musical material. 

Iladjl All was No. 4 with a water, 
nut and oil-swallowing act. He 
drinks a couple of buckets of water 
and then spews, it out like a foun- 
tain. Then swallows a dozen or two 
of hazel nuts and an almond, dis- 
gorging the almond at any number 
between the Alberts called for by the 
crowd. ' Afterwards swallows an- 
other tub of water, a decanter of 
coal oil, blows the oil Into a Are 
and then puts It out with another 
fountain of water. 

Walter Walters, in next to shut, 
another ventriloquist act. Best was 
a marionette dance which he use4 
as an encore. 

MItzt Revels of 1929 closed. Held 
four good-looking chorines, three 
girl 'specialty dancers and a male 
hoofer. Mostly the usual- tab musi- 
cal stuff, with nothing outstanding. 

Paths Newsreel and "The Million 
Dollar Collar' (W.B.) screen farce. 



Billy Hobbs, musician, flled suit 
with State Labor Commission to 
collect $130 salary allegedly due 
from Roy Gordon, producer. At a 
hearing it was established that a 
small sum was for salary and tl03 
for railroad fare. Claim for salary 
confinaed, but claim .'for railroad 
' far^ not allowed. 



Frank Stever, baritone. Just fin- 
ishing a Publix tour. Joins a Fan- 
chon and Marco Idea." Stever 
opens this week at Vancouver, re- 
placing Murray Peck. 

Ford Sterling will be starred by 
Christie in a two-reel talking com- 
edy as yet untitled. 

Alice White definitely out of "No, 
No, Nanette." Will do "Playing 
Around," Vina Delmar's story for 
F. N. 



Christina Montt, Rcreen actress. 
In Hollywood Hospital sufFerlng 



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from nervous breakdown. Physi- 
cians report her condition as fa- 
vorable. 



"Between the Covers," original 
mystery comedy by Will Jefferson, 
will be staged at Theatre Mart week 
of .Tune 4. Cast Includes Michael 
Mark, Marjorie HoiUs, Hugh Allen, 
May Foster, Del Knott. Mickey 
O'Shea, Loretta de Lone, Irene 
d'Arvrll, Win Jeffries, Flora Snyder. 



Ernest Paschal, author, left for 
New York to supervise production 
ot "The Amorous Antis," his new 
comedy, to be produced by Sivp 
Harris. 



Grant Dolge, players' representa- 
tive, convalescing from an appendi- 
citis operation. Gone to 'Yoserhlte 
for several weeks. 



William Wntson, director, prepar- 
ing fifth Octavus Roy Cohen short 
for Christies. It's a negro comedy. 



While working in flnal scene of 
Pleasure Crazed," Fox, Dorothy 
Burgess was struck by a falling 
lamp stand and cut on head. No 
scar will result. 



Barbara Brown, stage actress. In 
Good Samaritan Hospital recovering 
from operation. Nature of illness 
not glveil out by attending physi- 
cians. Miss Brown req,ently ap- 
peared at the Majestic with E. E. 
Horton. 



suit asked $700 tor obtaining pic- 
ture engagements. ' Landau 'has ob- 
tained attachment against the ac- 
tress's salary at Fox;; ■ 

Mary Philbin will be starred In 
two pictures by Universal before 
her contract expires. In October. 
First will be "Brawn of the Sea," 
second "I Belong to You." Both 
talkers. 

Tom Reed Is directing a flve-reel 
sound sales trailer to be shown at 
Universal's sales convention in Kan- 
sas City and Atlantic City. 



Cornerstone for the motioh pic- 
ture monumental building laid on 
the site of the new Loyola College 
in Del Rey. 



Pat Harmon, motion picture actoc, 
out on $1,000 bail awaiting prelim- 
inary hearing charging him .with 
grand larceny. It is alleged Hai*- 
mon disposed of his household fur- 
niture before satisfying a claim of 
$250 held on it by the owners. 



Two new stock ventures have 
been launched in southern Califor- 
nia. Ralpfi . Cloninger is trying 
again at .the Glendale Playhouse, 
and Carl Whipple has organized' the 
j^ranklln Players.playlng spilt w«cks 
at Belvedere Gardens and Virginia 
City. 



Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s flrst for 
F. N., will be "Spring Is Here," mu- 
sical. Fairbanks went east to see 
Glenn Hunter In role. 



Malcolm McGregor sailed from 
New York June 4 for Europe. He 
will be gone several weeks. 

Felix Young will produce "Top o' 
the Hill," original comedy-drama by 
Charles Kenyon. 

Buck and Bubbles finished their 
six Patbe comedies and resumed a 
vaude tour June 8. Last three sub 
Jects were directed by Nat Nazarro, 
team manager, who had no previous 
film experience. 

In an effort to round up tlie pic 
ture studio vote, William O. Bon- 
nelli, local candidate for mayor, ad 
dressed the employees of several 
studios during working hours. 



Frank Hale will be leading woman 
for "The Hindu," which will be the 
next Henry Duffy production at the 
President, succeeding "Skidding." 



Dorothy Gulliver and Eddie Phil 
lips, under contract to U, wind up 
with that organization upon com- 
pletion of the latest "Collegian'' 
series. They will free lance. 



With two more days' work to so 
on "Lummox," Herbert Brenon, the 
director, was taken to the Good 
Samaritan hospital for treatment of 
an infection. Production held up 
until he returns. 

Donald Murray, musician. In 
Dickey and Cass hospital due to in 
Juries when .slugged by an unknown 
assailant while returning home from 
a party. Police say motive for at 
tack wns not robbery aa a large 
sum of money was found in his 
pocket. At the hospital it is said 
his injuries will probably prove 
fatal. 



Arthur Landau, agent, through 
his attorney filed another suit In 
Municipal Court against Natalie 
Moorehcad, screen actress, to collect 
$200 alleged commission. Previous 



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BUly Morgan, recently with the 
Plaza Players, Sacramento, under- 
studying Fairfax Burgher for the 
Coburns* "The Yellow Jacket," to be 
shown here shortly. 

BUly . Wade and Irene Renfrew, 
formerly of . the Wade -Renfrew 
Players, stock, have left for Phoenix, 
Ariz., where they will open, June 9, 
with Horace Murphy's company. 
They replace Dorothy Shannon and 
Edwin Smith, who open June 9 with 
the Savoy Players in San Diego. 



Mort Harris, has been brought 
here on a three-month contract by 
Fanchon and Marco to stage for the 
Fox West Coast circuit. 



Al Kaufman,' Para executive, has 
been named chairman of the Motion 
Picture 'Division for the collection 
of funds In the colony to aid the 
Jewish Relief. Around $76,000 will 
be asked from the picture people. 



Bert Glennbn will direct pictorial 
side of Radio's "The Delightful 
Rogue." A Leslie Pearce will direct 
dialog. 



Spring ceremonial of the 233 Club, 
Masons, was marked by initiation of 
48 novices. . Monte Blue was m. c. 
and Creighton Hale stage director. 
Seven numbers were put on, among 
those contributing, being Leonard 
Van Berg and Bobbie Davis, Outlaw 
and Page, JuUan Eltlnge, Dorothy 
Woodward and Paul Jones and 
string quartet. 



TORONTO 

Roral Alexandra — Cloaed. 
STrfoceas — Closed. 

Empire — Closed. To be wrecked In 
July. 

ReKenl — Cloaed. 

Victoria — Musical stock (new). 

Vptown — "Show Boat" (2a wecit). 

Pantaaes — "Sonny Boy"; vaudo. 

Hippodrome— Vaudflim, 

I.oe<r'H — "San Luis Rey" : vaude. 

TIvoll— "Weary River" (run). 

Ronnymede — "Broskdway Melody"; 
vaude. 

Palace — "Desert NIsbts"; vaudo. 
Snnnyslde — Camlval. 



Midnight premiere stuff has spread 
to the neighborhoods. "Broadway 
Melody" after six weeks downtown 
bowed Into the Runnymede to mid- 
night lineup at advanced prices and 
saw house switch from twice a 
week to full week or holdover dates 
— this with thermometer at 80. 



Crop of Injunctions, suits and 
counter suits since coming of sound 
to Canada continues to grow. Three 
new ones this week. Meanwhile biz 
booms. Three houses reported 
highest earnings for any month in 
history during April. Leader was 
Loew's at I^ndon, Ont., which 
showed 200 per cent. Jump in 
grosses. 



Supreme Court of Ontario handed 
down Judgment In five-year-old law 
suit this week ordering 43,000 and 
Interest for five years turned over 
by trust company to Trans-Canada 
Theatres, Meantime company has 
gone out of biz. 



Lines , flagship . "Cayuga" on Toronto- 
Niagara run. 



Cover charges for Royal York 
Hotel opening night ten biioks. 
High for up here with reservations 
in hot demand and scalpers asking 
$60 a ticket 



Presence of mind of Tom Brown, 
operator, averted, a panic when fire 
partly destroyed the projection 
room of the Greenwood^ Indie neigh- 
borhooder. Smoke was so thick 
firemen had. to don gaa masks to In- 
vade building. No casualties. 

Roland Todd, organist for Shea's 
Hippodrome, Is probable choice as 
organist in new Royal York Hotel 
which sports a five-manual instru- 
ment. Todd well known on air. 



Ontario board of arbitration on 
film matters, this week awarded 10 
decisions of which nine were in fa- 
vor of distribiitors as against ex- 
hibitors and one the other way 
'round. Regal Films win the largest 
Judgment. Against Centre Amuse- 
ment Co., of Ottawa, $967. 

J. W. Reld, manager of Fox ex- 
change for Ontario, succeeding W. 
C. Gehring, shifted to Buffalo. 



G. W. Peacock, of Lethrldge (Al- 
berta) community tlieatre, has added 
the Majestfc to chain. 



MONTREAL 

His MaJesty'»^Dark. 
Princess — Uarlc 

Palnce — "Trial of Mary DuRan.' 
Capitol — "The Divine Lady." 
liOew'H — "Now Year's Eve." 
Imperlal-~"DanclnB Vienna." 
8tmnd — Pictures. 
Empreaa — ^Pictures. 
Orptieam — Stock. 
Gnyety — Burlesque. 



Empire Week" was celebrated at 
the movies by showing of some Bri- 
tish pictures. One of the main 
stems saved Its face and Its b. 6. by 
headlining Will Fyffe, but another 
ran nothing but British pictures, 
and despite the most eloquent praise 
in the local press, very nearly went 
into the red. It Is not that there 
is a prejudice against things British 
— quite the reverse — but not even 
the most patriotic could stand, for 
the tripe that was dished up. This 
will likely be the end of British 
pictures for a time. 



Rumors here are that Loew's the- 
atre is back in the Loew circuit and 
out of the hands of Famous Players. 



Princess is dead as a leglt and Is 
being wired to open In a few weeks 
with Douglas Fairbanks In "Man in 
the Iron Mask." 



His Majesty^ closed last Satur- 
day and is to be entirely remodelled. 
Then it is understood It will give a 
season of Shubert and Erlanger 
shows which may pay with no op- 
position in town. 



Decision on Lord Day's Sunday 
closing and on Children's Act op- 
peals, long overdue, is scheduled for 
end of week. 



Burlesque shut down for the sea- 
son Saturday when the Gayety 
closed. It was the object of attacks 
early in the year on the score of 
alleged indecent shows. 



ROCHESTER, N. Y. 

By DON RECORD 

Temple — "Lot Us Be Gay" (stock). 
Lyccam — Dark. ' 
IloHiesIrr— "Folllos of 192K." 
Keith's Polnce — Vaudflim. 
Knstman — "Innocents of Paris." 
Piccadilly — "Rainbow Man." 
Refcent — "DanBcrous Woma n." 
Fay's — "Hard Bollod Rose." 
Btrand — Plctbros. 
Family — Pictures. 
Gayety — Dark. 

Victoria— "White Slave Tramc." 



'T' Cltycstmcil'hoa^rcnewcd -earlier 
ban on all outdoor bathing beauty 
contests following squawks from 
reform outfits. Council also an- 
nounced daylight saving in for next 
four years. May to September. 



For first time since going sound 
Loew's base most of house publicity 
on stage show this week. 



:Jack Blatter and his Canadian 
Aces have drawn the orchestra ns- 
slgnment .for thp Caaa^a, Steamship 



Temple stock has succeeded in 
getting prereleases of two plays still 
on Broadway, "Skidding" and "Let 
Us Be Gay." EIz has Improved. 

Eastman Is using bill boards ad- 
vertising new $60,000 cooling plant. 

Radio station WHEJC is opening 



new studied In order to have spuca 
for large choruses and casts ot 
plays; 

Vaude has been discontinued at 
the Rochester for the summer, 
prices out to 40 cents top, and some 
strong talking pictures obtained for 
summer programs. House will prob- 
ably, be refinanced shortly are 
heavy overhead of $9,000 a week 
without films cut. 



ATLANTIC CITY 

ApoHo— "Stripped." 

Steel Pier — "BuUdos Drummond." 

Virginia— "The Iron Mask." 

Stanley — "Hearts In Dixie." 

Kurle— Vaudflim. 

Colonial — "The Desert Sonn." 

Cnpltol — "The Broadway Melody." 

Stmnd — "The Trial of Mary Dugan.' 



The inaugural ball, dedicating the 
grand ballroom of the $16,000,000 
Atlantic City Auditorium, Saturday 
night was featured by "Americana." 
a spectacular ballet of the nations. 
Sun-tan backs were much in evi- 
dence as most of' the dresses were 
of formal design. Shoes were tint- 
ed to match the gowns in most 
cases; thbre were "bareleg" stock- 
ings. A fad much in evidence was 
long georgette handkerchiefs worn 
from . bracelets. 



The Steel Pier opens for the 
seasoii Saturday, June 8. Steel Pier 
Minstrels, closing a tour in the East, 
will again play at Casino Hull. 
Other attractions include a Hawai- 
ian Village, Diving Horses, water 
sports carnival. Mile. Alexme, the 
human- projectile, dancing bands. 
Including Ted Weems, Jack Craw- 
ford, and Johnny Johnson. 



John Golden, whose comedy, "Salt 
Water," was produced at the Apollo 
last week, and Graham McNomee, 
radio announcer, are vacationing 
here. 



Warner Bros, are getting ready 
with their hew Boardwalk theatre 
to., take care of the summer visitors. 
Official opening is only a few' days 
oft. 



The Million Dollar Pier will fea- 
ture "Cake Walk'" with Jimmjr.-.Pe- 
ters' Palm Beach Steppers. Season 
opened Monday. In addition' 'to 
Peters the pier has Harry Dobkln 
and his orchestra. 



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BROOKLYN, N. Y. 

By JO ABRAMSON 

Flotbaah — "Loving Daughters/', 
Majestic — "KIce Women," 
Bonlevard^Stock, 

Jamaica — "Wooden Kimono" (slock). 
Pox — "Far Call"; vaude, • 
Paramonnt — "Rainbow Map"; stage 
•how. 

Stmnd — "Glad Rag Doll." 
Albce — "Dangerous Woman," 
liOew's Uet — "Pagan"; vaude. 
Mamarl)-i-"Robln Hood," 
St. aeor^e — Picture, 



Two new shows trying out this 
week, "Nice Women," at MaJesUc. 
FlatbUBh has "Loving Daughters," 
melo farce. 



Two new ones next week: "The 
Mouthpiece," on gang warfare, 
"Botnboolai," negro show. 



Judge May In Supreme Court 
signed an order restraining the po- 
lice from destroying abolit, 76 slot 
machines recently seized when a 
raid on these things was made. 
Order efCectl've until the legal status 
of the machines Is determined. Tri- 
angle Mint Corporation, the owners, 
sought a writ of replevin, not 
granted. ■ 



Surrogate Wingate heard argu- 
ment on a petition made by Mrs. 
Bessie May RIgle of RIcKfleld, Mich,, 
to revoke letters of administration 
in the estate of the late Henry Con- 
nors, Coney Islander and theatrical 
' man^ Letters of administrations 
were granted to Mrs. Dorothy Shaw 
of Coney Island. Mrs. Shaw Is the 
adopted daughter of Connors, while 
Mrs. Rigle is his daughter by his 
first marriage. 



Ricardo Sodero, former musical 
director of Radio StaUon WNAC, 
Boston, and son of Cesare Sodero, 
local radio conductor, was charged 
,wlth abandonment and held without 
bail To awaiTS'tTaailloirw "Magir-- 
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T4x G'ulnan's iiefghbbrs in Valley 
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night her own place opened. Hay!s 
i:Uoit«Uaiid<UiarUfi'6-Inn^ w«re .visited 



and liquor grabbed in both places 
with plenty of arrests. 



The license department of the po- 
lice department seemed to have got- 
ten into a conflict over Coney Island 
affairs. , . Four men were arraigned 
before Magistrate Rudlch in the 
Coney Island court on charges of 
operating games of chance. They 
were held without ball for later ex- 
amination. 

Harry . Slndel operates a game 
known as "Tango" on Surf avenue 
and. he Tyas one of the four pinched. 
His lawyer told the court that the 
game had,' been Inspected by^the 
license co^nmlssioner and okayed. 
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apd deiclafed the "Tango" was the 
same' ganie as "Bingo," which 
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and, was banned by the Long Beach 
City Court. Sindel's attorney said 
hC; woui^. .apply to the Supreme 
Court for an injunction restraining 
the police from interfering with the 
"Tango" game. 



Edward Dowden, press rep with 
the Loew circuit and Steeplechase's 
.publicity man, married Tessle Ma- 
leny of Brooklyn last week. Dowr 
den has been active in newspaper 
and publicity work for the past 20 
years. 



Rlan ' James, columnist oh The 
Broklyn Eagle, back in town after 
a six weeks' vacation abroad. 



Jack McCurdy, manager of the 
Brooklyn Paramount ever ^nce It 
opened, is leaving to become assist- 
ant general -manager of the New 
England territory for the Fubliz 
houses. Bob Whlteman of the New 
York Rialto comes in for the va- 
cancy at the Brooklyn Par. 



DENVER 

DenTsr (Publii) — "The Man I Love"; 
stage show, 

lUalta, (Fubllx) — "Dangerous Woman," 

America — "Stolen Night." 

Ogden — "Melody of Love." 

Tabor Grand — ."Show Boat" (3d week) 
new stage show,: 

Orphenm — Closed, 



Elltch Gardens drawing thou- 
sands nightly. Stock opens June 9. 

Denver Music Week fails to bring 
in the crowds. "Singing Girl,'' con- 
sidered one of the most attractive 
operad offered here,' drew a disap- 
pointingly smajl crowd. The same 
was true concerning the concert 
works by local composers. 

OTTAWA 

By W. M. GLADISH 

Announcement has been made 
that, at the present rdte of Installa- 
tion 95 of the 160 theatres forming 
the Famous Players Canadian chain 
will be wired before the end of 1929 
Owing to talking pictures earnings 
of Famous Players Canadian Corp. 
for the month of March were 100 
per cent greater than one year ago. 
For the first "six months of the pres- 
ent fiscal year eornlng.s were 80 per 
cent higher. 

" Organi^aTloTi "S"Tlie ~Radlo-KeIth~ 
Orpheufn of Canada gives Famous 
Players two theatreiS in Ottawa, the 
Regent and the Imperial, and a hblf 
interest in Keith's, Ottawa. It is 
now reported that Famous Players 
will not proceed with the erection 
of a new hou.se here. 



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PITTSBURGH 

By HAROLD W. COHEN 

Pltt-rSharp stock. 
. Stanley — '.'Careers" ; stage show, 
Penn — "7he Pagan"; Publlx unit.. 
Enrlght — "The Bachelor Oirl"; stage 
show, 

Aldln^^"Speal€eaay," 

Grand^ — "The Desert Spng" (3d week). 

Liberty— "Qlad • Rag Doll." 

Harrls^Vaudfllm. 

Sheridan- Sqaate-^Vaadfllm. 

Regent — Pictures. 

Olympic — Plcturea 

Slate-^PIctures. 



Molly Picon," the .'S'iddlsh copi 
edienne, drew packed bouses to the 
Alvln - two nights last week 'despite 
warm weather. It was her first ap- 
pearance here In two years. 



Stanley, economizing' for summer, 
will eliminate sin gin chorus of.SZ 
after next week. Choral group has 
been a fixture here since inaugura- 
tion of new,,stage 'idett' iwo months 
ago, uhde^ :. dlrectldn , of Frank 
Rybka, w'hb i,eft' here to' go to the 
Mastbaum,' Philadelphia. House \n- 
tends to retain only two male quar- 
tets. 



Jerry Goff, In "Manhattan Mary,' 
to act as^ m. c. for the summer |at 
the Willows, class roadhouee. He 
replaces Frank Masters, at Willow 
for single week, ^who goes on . to 
Jersey City at Stanl'ey-W. B. hou'^e. 



Mystery plays, cream In coffee 
for. Sharp stock at Pitt last season, 
haven't been so forte this ' ye^r. 
Anne Forrest, sister-in-law of Sharp; 
coming on here to play lead In "Co- 
quette." 

Ringling-Barnum here for two 
days this week. 



Charlie Melson being 24-sheeted 
all over town to announce his re- 
tention as permanent m. c. at Stan- 
ley. Beginning of Stanley-W. B. re- 
turn to 24 sheets. 



BRONX, N. Y. 

Sidney Gottlieb has resigned from 
the M. tt. S. Circuit. He will sell 
life Insurance. 



Webster closed for summer. 



New cabaret at Starlight Park Is 
called the Forest Inn Country Club 
Floor show. 



Tremont theatre playing attrac- 
tions on percentage. 



Riverside Swimming Pool opens 
June 8. It Is owned by the Plncus 
brothers. 



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Bmboyd — 'Trlsoncrs" and Fanchon- 
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Palace — "The Desert Song." 
JrfTenion — "Close Harmony," 
Bhrin^— Dark. 
Majralle — Burlesnue. 
State— "On Trial," 



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'■; The newly organized Fort Wa^ne 
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Inga Faar Ijelne is director. 



. Paul Whlteman and his band drew 
an Immense crowd at 'the Pe'nnsyl.- 
VBYiIa railroad station when' tlje' 
group-went through here on the Old 
Gold-Paul Whlteman tour.. Rain 
caused the band to play In the sta- 
tldn arcade for an ^our, - Instead- of 
on a specially cbn&tructed' open-air 
pl&tform at the station. 



fiob Hope Is new m. c, at the Etn- 
boyd theatre. 



Hiram K. MotherwllI, editor of 
the Theatre Guild Magazine and 
foreign correspondent, is visiting 
relatives here. 



SYRACUSE 

By CHESTER B. BAHN 

TVIetlns— Dark.- 

B. F. Krt<h'»— Vaudfllm. 

Loem's State — Vaudfllm. 

Strand— "The SquRll," 

Empire— "The Godless Girl," 

Eckel — "The Glad Has Doll"; Thurs- 
day; "Thru, Different Eyes," 

Savoy — "Sex Truth," lecture, and 
"Iilnserle." 



Morris Shulman, assistant .man- 
ager of the Eckel, Schlne hoUse, >ls 
now manager of theatre. C. F; Law- 
rence has been appointed manager 
of the Palace, Lockport. 

William. Tubbert, ■ formerly as- 
sistant nianager of Keith's, later In 
charge of the Tempile, is now check- 
ing pictures for Warners. 



Barney Frank, formerly manager 
of Shubert's Wietlng, Is now repre- 
senting United Artists in this ter- 
ritory. 



Charles H. Maynard. has been 
.ele<;ted_presideht. of _the Rome Play- 
ers for next' yearT 



The Capitol, Elmlra, opened 
"Speakeasy". Saturday night with a 
midnight show. 

The Liberty, Watertown, will ,be 
wired next Saturday. 



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foursome played recently In Enfield, 
Mass,, In whieh an M-. D. named Joe 
Foley.,.undettook to drive, chip, putt, 
and perform all other requisites of 
the ancient Scottish, rite while 
standing on one foot. Believe It or 
hot, : Dbo Foley's golf on one le^ 
was good enough to break 90. 



' Clayton 3 Down 

. ' Lou Clayton can't be convln'ced. 
Suncjlay, at. Queens Boro he took: on 
Frankie Chester, bond salesman, for 
match play at Iplenty of stakes per 
match a.ni finished on. the 16th tour, 
dowi}. They, played out the bye 
hol^ and ;Ik>u ehot'pei^e<;t 'par irolf 
■wben it didn't mean anything. ' 



Trio Disappear 

Sammy Lee Is having more trou- 
ble right- now with his tee shots 
than' with dance routines. Sammy, 
Ballard McDonald and Con Conrad \ 
started to play 18 at Raiicho, Los 
Angelas, on Thursday, Two days 
later .they were still somewhere on 
the course. 



MimiclclnB Caddies 

Lots of entertainment at the 
clubs on the Coast, but one of the 
.trlte,.biu,ls to .hear the caddies at 
Rancho mimicking Coiiway Tearte's 
English accent. 

Unanimous Alibi 
. Unanimous Alibi of the ea,st«m 
songwrltlng contingent, currefttly 
taking up golf In'a serious way, has 
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VOL. XCV. No. 9 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1920 



72 PAGES 




fGreat Tcwa Clu^^ 

Are Its Bosses, Accordmg to This 



: ■ Chicago, June 11. 

•• .Terroristic activities by Chicago 

.gunmen against theatres backstage 
/and front are being carried on In 

■thlp city on a scale seldom if ever 
' before attempted by organized 

crime. 

AVithln the past few weeks nu- 
' tnerous managers have been caught 
l>y gunmen In front of the theatre 
or near their homes and forced to 
turn over safe combinations and 
''keys. All managers are in constant 
'tiar that they are next on. the list, 
to be submitted to harrowing ex- 
periences that would take a year 
or two. oft any guy's life. 

Attitude of theatre managers is 
shown In the case of one who had 
tils theatre safe combination printed 
on a small card to be carried al- 
ways In his pocket. If bandits get 
him he'll simply turn over the c(ird 
; and keys. Previously he allowed 
the asst. mgr. to open and close the 
safe, and liad only a vague idea of 
the combination. He was. afraid 
that in an emergency he might for- 
get the combination and get a 
couple of huUeta In his hide. 

. Backstage the performers have 
been experiencing shakedowns from 
gangsters who have suddenly de- 
cided that actors need protection in 
this town and should pay for it. 
Practically all the legit stars here 
have been approached by the 
muggs, Including Mae West, WIN 
Ilam Gaston. BUI Halllgan, Harry 
rUchman, Roy Rogers and Wally 
Ford. Several turned over cash 
simply because it seemed the safest 
thing to do. All are reluctant to 
discuss the matter, fearing violence 
If they squawk. 

The thing became such a growing 
racket that Loop houses posted 
guards to slioo the racketeer col- 
lectors away. This occurred In 
vaude. picture and legit Iiouses. 

Kidnappings and backstage shake- 
^ downs are only two of the many 
grafts locol theatres are forced to 
undergo, although the others are 
less sensational and have been con- 
tinuing quietly for some time. The 
town Is full of "angles," making it 
of considerable Importance as to 
who a manager buys materials 
from. There have been threats of 
violence and bombings for those 
who decided to do business with the 
"wrong" places. 

A humorous phase of the terror- 
Ism was furnished by one of ■ the 
local m. c. fan clubs, organized as 
a good will gag for the picture 
housie band ' leader. When he re 
ceived a two-week notice his fans 
promptly came back with bombing 
threats and blackhand notices to 
the theatre operator. 

Just a typical Chicago procedure. 

Chicago is distinctly crime con- 
scious" more "so iiow''fHl^r"^■^^^^g- 
the past election campaign, when 
the city's muddy crime record was 
Piiraded in . newspapers before the 
eyes of the natives, and each side 
accusing the other of taking a' cut- 
in. on all graft. One of the big fac- 
tors in bringing crime stuff to the 
attention of the natives is the 
(Continued on page 39) 



THE LAST KICK 



Two vaude actors talking 
about cemeteries, with one de-> 
daring he would not be burled 
in one of them. 

"Here you go again," observ- 
ed the other, "even kjcking 
against that spot." 



Fred ADen Says ''Haunted'' 
Gag is Hisn— And How! 

New York, June 9. 
Editor Variety: 

Note In Variety you credit "Bugs" 
Baer with the line anent "haunt- 
ing a house." 

Would it upset you to learn I 
have employed the line in several 
acta and am using it at present in 
"The Little Show." The line. In 
itself, means no more to me than 
a ball of twine to a retired mario- 
nette, but it doesn't seem fair to 
have a line, which I believe to be 
my property, released for general 
usage. 

No sooner had the echo of the 
voice died down in the Friacs Club 
than the line appeared In two other 
Broadway shows'. It seems that 
membership In the club automati- 
cally entitles one to the New York 
State riglits to anything said on the 
premises by "Bugs" Baer or Willie 
Collier. 

Telling a Joke in the club Is 
at>out as safe as leaving your wife 
In a Navy Yard. 

Right is right, wired or silent. 

Euclid said In 323 B. C, "There 
Is no royal road to geometry," 
Archimedes, also in B. C.,y "Gli^e me 
a base and I will steal the Earth." 
Patrick Henry said, "Give me Lib- 
erty," two years before the Sateve- 
post started. Edmund Burke said, 
"The march of the human mind Is 
slow." Dean Swift, or was it Sir 
Joseph Ginsburg, said, "The best of 
life is just tolerable," but Judge! 
George III said, "Six hours' sleep Is 
enough for a man, seven for a wp'- 
man, and eight for rest." 

It stands to reason then if the 
above people are credited with hav- 
ing said these mots, bon or other- 
<wlse. It is quite possible that I, 
Fred Allen, might have originated 
the "Haunted house" line. Even If 
you can prove that it isn't original, 
Jet_U.JUIieiL-be_sald_Jthat_I^ first up- 
shot same about three years ago. 

Trust that this will upset your 
lousy staff, In the future, would 
suggest that you go to press with 
one hand on a Gideon and the other 
hand raised under oath, away from 
any bar. 

FRF.D ALLEN'. 
Music Box Theatre. 



coiisT SUPS m 

fim UPPLESIIOCE 



Fortune-Telling Gaining 
Hold on Picture Colony q( 
Hollywood. — From Execs 
to Stage Handsj 'with 
Player* In Between, Tak* 
ing Chump Advice 



'GAZER" BY THE YEAR 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

Crystal gazers, astrologista, spir- 
itualists anil mind-readers are cast- 
ing a spell over Hollywood with the 
resiilt a ftoek of picture people, have 
been aofd by the "paM-present-and- 
future" artists, insofar as following 
their advice in governing activities 
of thetr personal and business life. 

Extras, feature players and stars 
of both sex, who once, fall for a 
reading, become steady customers at 
prices ranging from a buck to a fin 
for a single visit. 'The same can be 
said about film executives, directors 
and writers who patronize the 
ieamps of tlie would-be tipsters tin- 
der cover to ward eff' adverse com- 
ifient 9r publicity. 

Many' tempermental outbursts of 
screen players have been attributed 
to thq Influence of ^ese tin god 
astrologlsts who have advised them 
against starting to work on a pic- 
ture on certain days; whom they 
should work for and the type of di- 
rectors best suited to work with. 

There have- been cases where the 
tipsters have gone so far as to tell 
the players when it is inadvisable 
for them to work, and if the stus 
set right at certain times of .Se 
week they can continue unharmed, 
but if it's a bad night in the astral 
regions, they are warned before- 
hand to stop work at a certain time 
during the day,' regardless of how 
Important that work might be. To 
go against any one of these orders 
means disaster upon disaster 
throughout the entire reigning period 
of their birth star. These periods 
often run as long as. seven years 
and to stalk such -dangers, the 
yokels, already succumbed to the 
powers of the ostrologlst, will think 
twice before disobeying the com- 
mands. 

One film executive employs a star 
gazer at a yearly salary. Tbe gazer 
is said by many in the know to act 
in the same capacity as Rasputin 
did to the late Czar — an invisible 
dictator of the organization Which 
the film executive heads. 

Cheaper Fortunes 

The sinaller fry of studio workers 
seek the cheaper fortune tellers to 
find out how long their present job 
is' goo'd for; how' lohg'they~caiT--ex= 
pect to live, if they are mapped out 
to become famous and everything 
else that might happen to them in 
tlie -future. 

Many stenographers, cameramen, 
stage hands and assistant directors 
have" quit their Jobs on the strength 
.(Continued on page 2) 



34di St Store Front Decorated in 
Heatre Way by Urban-Draws 



Late Beauty Sleeps 



Los Angeles, June 11, 
Midnight shows have hit 
this town with such popular 
acclaim that the flaps, shop 
girls, ball and chains, and 
grand dames are going to bed 
at twilight so that they may 
look fresh at 12. 

As a rule,, the whole town . 
starts yawning at 10 p. m., and 
'don't let 'em tell you dIfCerent. 



Morris' Wedding Song 
''On the Verge of a Merge" 

"On the Verge of a Merge" 
opened in Parkersburg, W. Va., 
yesterday, for one day. It was the 
first wedding to bear a title and 
have a theme aong. 

Co-starring Buddy Morris and 
Carolyn Nathan, It ran smoothly un- 
til the local reverend tied tbe knot. 
From then on It was all melody 
with the ritzy audience singing 
"Because You Belong to Tile," an 
unpublished Wltmark number, and 
parodies on 'old favorites. 

Morris and Miss Nathan were 
greatly surprised to &n\ what was 
supposed to have been a quiet wed- 
ding turned into an elaborate pro- 
duction with theme songs and 
monolog. The idea had been kept 
a secret from them. 

Three hundred spcciul cover 
copies of the theme song were dis- 
tributed \o the guests along with 
a catalog of the parodies titled "On 
the Verge o» a Merge." Two rec- 
ords were especially made for the 
occasion by Brunswick, one with 
Fred Wilson singing the theme and 
the other a monolog on Morris by 
Felix Bernard. 

Buddy, 24, is executive head of 
WItmark's with Lewie Warner, and 
son of Sam Morris, vice-president 
of Warner Bron. Miss Nathan, 19, 
non-pro, Is a Parkersburg society 
girl. 



W Saved Panic 

y Dubuque, June 11. 

"Are you going to klU that baby?" 

That was the shout raised by a 
cool headed Individual In a crowd 
at the Strand, Edgewood, Ia„ when 
a roll of film burst into flames. It 
caused the majority of the audl- 
'ence~tb-thlnk'-that-ther© -wan-dan. 
ger of all being burned alive. 

The thoughtful question of an 
unidentified man saved some from 
probable death or serious Injury. 

The theatre was cleared in ac JIffy 
without mishap to anyone. Loss to 
theatre confined to projecting 
rooms. 



Showmanship In rebuilding the 
34th street show front of the Bedell 
Store brought in Josef. Urban, tlve- 
atre designer and decorator. It is 
the most attractive layout of any 
business section in the city and cost 
BedeU about $176,000. 

Operators of mercantile establish- 
ments nearby are getting figures for 
a proposed rebuilding of store 
fronts. 

A continual crowd gapes at the 
Bedell display. 

Around the windows is silver- 
plated metal which adds to the at- 
tractiveness. Three-eights of an 
inch thick plate glass is used for the 
floors and doors. 

A standout is a 24-inch In di- 
ameter grille stand which permits 
the store to make a permanent dis- 
play of femme models. There are 
62 periods of dress style shown. 
This grille effect runs from ti»e 
street level to the second floor, the 
grille Itself weighing some seven hr 
eight tons. 

The ceilings of the front are 76 
feet wide and are of acid-ground 
glass, with an Indirect lifting 
effect copped from the picture the- 
atre; the lights placed back of the 
ground, glass in such a way as to 
make a novel Illumination as well as 
screening the lights from the pub- 
lic. There are no shadows, another 
theatrical effect. 

Credit for the uptodateness and 
progresslveness In engaging Urban 
goes to A. M. Bcdcll, president of 
the company. 



"Aerial Traffic Cop" 



An "aerial traffic cop" has made / 
his appearance at the Holmes Air- 
port, Jackson Heights, L. I. Major 
William C. Brooks, formerly of the 
Nlcaraguan Air Force and now op- 
eration manager of the Gates Fly- 
ing Service, has the Job. 

His duties are of the "stop and 
go" nature. Airplanes not airworthy 
or improperly licensed will be ruled 
oft the airport by Major Brooks. 

Unhcensed pilots or those fall- 
ing to abide by regulations will be 
asked to "move on." 

His official title Is "Director of 
Plying." 



WOBLD'S BEST LATTGES 

An English visitor In New York 
gives as his opinion the world's two 
biggest laughs are the Statue of 
Liberty and the figure of Justice 
over her6. 



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WhitehaD Film SboVrs Net Loss 
Of $150,215 for M Months' WoHi; 
Other British Makers Deep in Red! 



London, June 11. 

Whitthall Film Co., calling Its 
first efno'a' meeting ot stockhold- 
ers next week at the latest date 
permis.slble under the law, will 
Dhow a net deficit of $150,225 for 
operations over a period of 14 
months from November 10, 1927, to 
January, 1928. 

In the face of disquieting talk in 
the trade, the situation is particu- 
larly disheartening to stockholders, ■ 
particularly as the meetings of two 
or three other companies are due 
presently and it Is expected they 
will show resvilts more or less sim- 
ilar. 

Fresh Funds Lacking> 
Invasion of American talking 'pic- 
tures is held responslWe. Situa- 
tion of producer losses is embar- 
rassing for the reason that It bars 
the Industry from going to the pub' 
11c for new capital. Equipment to 
enter the talking field is e^epeiislve 
and the native prioducer Is heljfiless 
without fresh funds. A' recent eiur- 
•vey showed that plctuire Shares for 
which the'iiubUc paid $12,000,000 are 
now worth less tlian $5,000,000 .In 
the open market. 

Whitehall statement will disclose 
that cash in hand Jan. 19 last was 
$1,500. Against this, B^quel Meller 
has a claim against ■ the company 
for $20,000, of which $16,000 is for 
the star's servlcfes In a recent pro 
ductlon. 

Looking at the whole situation as 
reflected in the Whitehall earnings 
status, it is regarded here as in- 
evitable that -there will be a drastic 
shakeup and reorganisation In film 
circles before the end ot the au 
tumn. 



First Soimd Funis in 
Sweden Are Criticized | 

By Ingiid C. Swenson 

Stockholm, May 29. 
First synchronized picture releas 
ed in ' Scandinavia was First Na 
tlonal's "Love and the Devil," open 
Ing at the Palladium, Stockholm 
one of the largest presentation the- 
atres in the Svensk Filmindustrl 
circuit. 

Metro came very close second 
with "White Shadow," which open- 
ed with only an. hour's, difference at 
the Piccadilly, 'flrst-run . house of 
smal^ .seating cipaclty, . but In ex- 
cellent location. Palladluin's second 
program Was Colleen Mo9re'B "'Why 
Be QoQd," and the third theatre eo-r 
Ing In for sound pictures was the 
Olympla, with Paramount's "Wolf 
Song." 

It Is •very interesting to analyze 
the American synchronized pictures 
^n4 all talkers from a Scandinavian 
show angle. 

"White Shadows" is doing good 
business, and 90 is Colleen Moore's 
'■'Why 'Be Good." "White Shadows" 
Is haxt In Its fourth wefek and "Why 
Be Good" in Its third. 

Palladium and the Olympia have 
Western Blectrtc equipment. Good 
performances. Some slight trouble 
on -the opening night when the, op- 
erators at the Palladium were not 
quite used to the score sheets. 
Smaller Olympia used enovigh sound 
volume to fill the Roxy In New York. 
Second night everything was fine. 

The equipment at the Piccadilly 
Is home-made, but quite good for 
the house. At present it cannot use 
the sound-on-flim system. 



FRENCH RAZZES 
ENGtKH SHORTS 



Paris, June 2. 
American film companies should 
delete all English dialog out of plc- 
tu^es before they are shown here 
Without exception, every time an 
American talker has bjeen flashed 
on the screen in Paris It has got 
the razz — and what a razz! 

Latest demonstration of this was 
at the Madeleine. Tvette Rugel In 
a talking short was the victim. The 
reproduction was perfect, her voice 
was charming and the set pleasing, 
but after a dozen ' words had been 
spoken the crowd whistled and 
booed until the picture was with- 
drawn. 



State, Sydney, Opens; 
Wired; Called Greatest 

Sydney, June 11 
The State, Sydney, controlled by 
Union Theatres; had a smash pre- 
miere In talkers with "The Patriot" 
and other sound-screen features. 

Chief among them was the shadow 
presence of Al Jolson, acting as 
roaster of ceremonies through the 
inedium of a special "VUaphone sub 
ject made for Union Theatres Co. 

•View appears to be confirmed that 
in the State the concern controls 
the greatest talking house in the 
British Empire. 




MIS3 RENIE RIANO 

Eccentric comedienne and excep- 
tional dancer with . Fanchon & 
Marco on the ■west coast. . . 

No other feminine .entertainer on 
the stage enjoys ' ■ such . . unprece- 
dented popularity, as. attested' by- a 
world's tour of I12j000'. miles, i - 

•. A pantomimlo genlus.'Chain-light- 
nlng in action and a -laugh dissemi- 
nator of original ideas. ■ 



W. L May Buy Out 




With Rest m Air 



SPECIAL TALKEB 

Los Angeles, June 11. 
Paramount has made a four-lan- 
guage talker for exhibition at the 
international convention in Barce- 
lona, Spain. 

, Maurice Chevalier will speak In 
French, Baclanova in Russian, Clara 
Bow ih. Spanish and Charles Rogers 
In English. Baclanova sings as well 
-^g'talksr^-PIctureTuns-eiSOO-feetT-— 



Public Reaction 

The reaction- of the public is quite 
satisfactory. Swedes like to be criti- 
cal, more than the An8lo-Sa^o"8. 
but they really dpn't mean It, and 
of ■ course nobody can stop _ sound 
pictures. 

Criticism, of course. May be ot 
interest to mention :what was 
criticized: 

"Love and the Devil": The theme 
song, Gle-vanna, is used when the 
gondolier sings. Gondolier being an 
Italian should not atng In English, 
the newspapers said, -but the theme 
song Is In English. The same song 
Is used In the romantic scenes be 
tween Milton Sills and Maria Cor 
da. The critics did not seem to un 
derstand that It was a theme song 
supposed to belong to a hidden or- 
.chestra, but were surprised to hear 
the songs without Milton Sills' lips 
move. 

"White Shadows": 'Very good pic 
ture, press comments said, but poor- 
ly synchronized. Inasmuch •« only 
song sounds were tieard whereas 
the public also wMited to hear what 
was silent. Tb* thing Is easily ex- 
plained; both pictures were syn- 
chronized after prpduced. These are 
small matters, however, and do not 
.mean much to the box office. 

•'Why Be Good" really, got the 
best reception of the press, they 
couldn't find any faults with it. And 
the public especially applauded the 
■Vltaphone shorts. 

. Orchestras Out 
All of the above theatres have 
eliminated their orchestras: Opinion 
among the exhibitors ^s that it is 
better to have no live orchestra as 
the public will then be less apt to 
inotice any possible difference be- 
tween "live" and ''canned" music. 
. This problem has not yet been solv- 
ed even In the big cities. In London 
the Regal has a live orchestra glv 
ing excellent prolog concerts, where 
■as the PlccadUlyJn the same city 
has not. Both systems are equally 
good. It may depend on the type of 
performance the showman wants to 
give his public. ^ „ „ J . 

Such music as in "Why Be Good, 
however, can only originate in 
America, or possibly from an Eng- 
lish orchestra. 



Berlin, June' 11 
Dutch holders of majority stock 
in Tobis, European recording and 
reproducing sound system, are In 
negotiation with Western Electric 

The Holland group Is Interested 
only In realizing on their cdpitai 
Investment and not anxious to go 
into picture producing. For this 
reason it. Is believed there is noth 
ini^ to hamper such a deal. 

If Tobis closes with the Ameri- 
cans, Klangfllm and Siemens, the 
othei- element In the 'German sound 
situation, will be left without nriicH 
support. : - ■ ' ■ 

Representatives of Siemens and 
Klangfllm are on their way to New 
York In an effort to arrange a sys-" 
tem of interchangeabllity of prod 
uct. . .. . ^ 

Trade here expresses hope they 
win succeed. 



FrimcpFir^ Foreign 
Prodacer m N. Y. House 



British Film FkU 

By i'raiik Tilley ■ 



IrhisU CAinhont^^^^^^^^^ 

,,- . ., Toronto,,' Jvine. 11,. 

Amalgamation ot .Famous Play- 
ers Canadian Corporation, with Brit- 
ish Gaumont and iFoz tor Canadian 
exhibition and distribution only is 
repeatedly rumcired and denied here. 

Present view is that deal is defi- 
nitely on since N. L. Nathanson, 
managing dJtsctor; W. Dr. Poss, di- 
rector; J. P. BIckell, vice-president, 
and A. P. Bragg, comptroller,' have 
aft-- let t- Pa'rtious Players' ofBci *ere 
for E!ng:i^nd. Told reporters before 
sttillht^'thfey, ■were going for' |>Ie!as- 
lire. Flriaii'cial men ask jljl^t',why 
the foiir biggest men of the. cor- 
poration should decide on la holi- 
day -in the 'Mnle spot at the same 
ti;ne.' 

Ross is governor of Ontario and 
has recently been attacked ',f or aur 
tborlzing certain picture blljs while 
still an FPi director. ■ 

The only senior executive miss- 
ing from the English trip Is Adolph 
Zulcor, president, and since FP 
bought out his and all othet'^tock 
In FP controlled." by Paramount, for 
$6,000,000, recently, It Is tajien ,lor 
granted he will resign at the :next 
anhiial meeting, without longer any 
voice in the management ' of ' the 
company. ! . . 

British Gaumont recently an 
hptinced' plans for an elaborate new 
house here and other distribution 
and exhibition -points throughout 
Canada, specializing In British' and 
European releases. Shortly after 
the announcement their plans 
rea.ched a point of stagnation, and 
it is assumed here that was when 
merger deals were first discussed. 
J^eantime, the Toronto house, which 
was to -have been ready neM win- 
ter, has^not yet -started. *He deal. 
If completed, would be a $10i0(lO,006 
swing. 



London, June 3. 
Going a bit slow on production Is 
British International. Waltinr to 
get more wlrlhg' in the studios. Tip. 
'pit ,tie«;e Is' U'. iiB, not so 'sold afteir 
all on RCA. John Thorpe has gone 
to America to look over another sys- 
tem. Maybe. But -Maxwell and 
Dent here deny this, 

Another story Is Wide World has 
not done so well and J. D. Williams 
is no longer keen, even if he's still 
in that outfit. Williams is here 
trying .to promote a. • large-scale 
British talker producing outflt with 
24 sound-stages at Elstree. In soin^ 
quarters it is being takei> seriously. 

Herbert IVllcoz deciles . ')VIlliams 
has artytbing ,to do with i his (Her- 
bert's), project, which .is. also to put 
over an Iqiperial tialker Idea. Denial . 
comes from the fact 'Williams Is re- 
ferring to his as "Imperial." 
. The Wilcox plan, now being op- 
erated through British & Dominions 
Company and their tie-up with the 
Oramoph'one Company and 'Western 
Electric, is to make - a history of 
every {colocy and' dominion,' from its 
discovery to its part In tiie late war, 
and then go on to make story fea- 
ture in territory, using the unit tor 
the first and historical film as the 
basis for the formation of a perma- 
nent. talkie uhlt'ln each, dominion. 

They Intend to Start with Aus- 
tralia, follow on with Canada, then 
South Africa, and appear to have 
pretty, good seinl-ofBclal baoking in 
all cases. ; It would not be surpris- 
ing to. see this concern go out tor 
its own distribution a bit later, es- 
pecially as the company was origi- 
nally formed with that object. 

Coming and Going 
T. Hayes Hunter sailed on th» 
'President Roosevelt" May 30, but 
may come back- 
Clive Brook sailed same day, hay- 
(Continued on page 9) 



Home to See Folks 

Los Angeles, June 11 
Michael "Vavltch, Russian screen 

actor, has left for Paris to visit 

relatives. 
He expects to return In Septem 



FO STERS AGENCY 



OEOBOB JTOSTEB 



(BBtabllshed 40 Teara) HABBS FOBTEB 

BTn,!. TKB LABOBST IM ECBOPE 

Rotent BoohlnitH Inclnfle JAMES BARTON 



Threatened estrangement of film 
relations between the two countries 
Is understood responsible for Fran 
co-FUms acquiring its own show- 
window in the Broadway territory. 

The company, producing ' in 
Prance, With a releasing agreement 
-with Pathe for several of its pic 
tures, has secured the Craig the 
atre at Mth street, where It will 
feature its own products in week 
runs. 

. Franco Is the first foreign com- 
pany to carry-iffut Its threat to show 
Its own' pictures In a house cob 
trolled by It here. 

THBEE-SIDED COUBINE 

Berlin, Jpne 3 
The new English firm, called the 
International T&lklng Screen Pro- 
ductions, Ltd., Is a combination of 
British Screen Productions, New 
York Rayart Picture Corp., Die 
Fllmwerke Staaken A. G. and the 
German-Russian film alliance: De- 
russa. 

The corporation is capitalized at 
$4,260,000. Its headquarters will be 
In London. George W. Pearson, 
founder of British Screen Produc- 
tion, is president The board ot di- 
rectors includes Georg Sklarz, of 
Berlin, and Leeper, of New York. 

Jennin gs S ubmerged 

Pittsburgh, j'une'iT."" 
'Value of Emll Jannlngs' name 
here can be found in way Stanley 
-WB are billing "Betrayal," currently 
at Enrlght, do luxe house , in East 
Liberty. All ads In dallies carry 
ing Gary Cooper's name above pic- 
ture's title, with Jannlngs. and 
Esther Ral.ston below as featiired 
players. 



Poles Riot 0?er 

German Titles on Film 



! Berlin, Jfune 1. 
In Poland in the sections itprnjerly 
belonging . to . Germany, ■ ^^ejo at 
least half the population Is pt Ger- 
man extraction, Polisii nationalists 
have started riots In the picture 
theatres. 

They object to the showing of 
pictures ■with Polish and German 
titles. There is even some talk of 
boycotting all films of German 
make. 

In Kattowitz picture houses closed 
for sevieral days and when reopen 
ing were again the scenes of vlo 
lent demonstration. 

lO Konigshutt© rowdies even 
went so far as to deface the in- 
terior of the theatre. 

Theatre owners refuse to run pic- 
tures without German titles, sLa this 
would mean ' losing half their pa 
tronage. 



ACE CHORINES 

(Continued from page 1) 
of advice received from these tor- 
tune tellers who tell them they are 
geniuses and should declare .them- 
selves to the world that they have 
that certain something that others 
need years of training to attain. 

These fortune tellers, assuming 
the titles ,of clairvoyants, mind 
reade/s, palmists or . psycho-an 
alylsts are all .the same in their 
practice of hypnotizing the yokels 
All are optimistic and are ever 
ready to tell the saps they are too 
good for their present Jobs, that 
they should use more Intlatlve, put 
more ginger into their personality 
and demand the higher things In 
life. 

'This steams a lot of the boys and 
girls up to rosy expectations only to 
return -jvhen the enthusiasm grows 
cold and ask tor more applesauce at 
a buck a dish, or raise the ante if 
they want more mush and cheer, 




SMTOFim 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

Charlie Cha;pliri will finance the 
production of a iilctiire to be mad© 
In Spalln by Harry ' d'Arrast and 
Count Edgar Berlanger. Story is to 
have bull fight sequences. 

Idea was suggested by Berlanger, 
with Benjamin Glazer to go over to 
supervise the production. Berlanger 
Is attached to the Spanish Em- 
bassy in ' WasMnjston and has been 
on a leave of absence for- almost a 
year trying to get into the picture 
business. Chaplin is to limit the 
cost of the production to $200,000 
and will release it through United 
Artists. 

Sound equipment is being taken 
abroad, with the cast to- be re- 
cruited on the other side. Chaplin's 
agreement with D'Arrast Berlanger 
and Glazer Is that they are to get 
part salary for their work and 60 
per cent, of Chaplin's share of the 
profits on distribution. 



HTTLBEBT DEAL OFF 

London, June 11. 

Col. Bromhead, chairman of Gau-^ 
mont-Britlsh, declares there is lltU© 
prospect of a talking picture by that 
company, with Jack Hulbert and 
Cicely Courtneldge featured. 

Company chief says negotiations 
to that end were under way some 
time ago. Now It is unlikely that 
the arrangement will be made. 



_ CAMILLA HOEN'S SAIIINfi 

Camilla Horn, at present engaged 
in putting the finishing touches on 
"The Royal Box" In the Warner's 
eastern studios, will sail for Ger- 
many June 17, where she will re- 
main Indefinitely. 

Miss Horn ' will continue under 
the direction of Warner Bros;, mak- 
ing her future productions in their 
studios ln"Germany. 



6EBMAN LICENSEES 

Berlin, June 4. 

The 50 special Import contingents 
(permits) have been allotted to 22 
firms of the 42 which applied. 

Money taken in for films exported 
In 1927 and 28 reached the astound- 
ing figure of 39,376,000 marks (10 
'million dollars). 

Firms and the number of films 
allotted not specified. 



The Tiller Dancing Schools 

of America, Inc. 

64 WEST 74th ST., NEW YORK 
HART RBAD, President 

Pbone Endlcott 8216-« 
Mew' OlaBiea Now Formla* 



Wednesday, June 12, 



FOREIGN SHOW NEWS 



VARIETY 



SOUND RESCUES 
KINGSWAY DUD 



■ • ■ ' Iiondon, June 11. 

J Weather is cool and showery, 
idoal tffT. the box ofllce, but there Is 
; nothing very promislngr In the new 
: v'crop of attractions with the excep- 
'tlon of "Caprice," N, T. Guild play 
■'. at the St. James. 

Business continues poor In the 
/ ' silent cinemas while the talker bills 
- araw a blB play. 
' . ' Index' of the situation is pro- 
,'^^ded by StoM's picture house, the 
' KiPKBway which had been doing in- 
-.'Blllferentiy until it was wired a fort- 
ijiiisht ago.- Now It is playing to ca- 

■ .'ttticlty. 

■VA' midnight Invitation showing of 
:»<Broadway" (Universal) was given 
at the Carlton. House was filled 
>rlth prdmlhent West Enders and 
.-' jpretty much everybody of note in 
.. show business. Picture - was well 
; received.- 



Army Show Polls Away 
From London Theatres 



Ife; ;'' • , London, June 11. 

: Naval an^WHltary tournament at 
■ '"Voiympla last- week furnished 
... hcsavy opposition to the theatres. 

-As one result the opera season at 
. Covent Garden ran Into indifferent 
' attendance. Draw has been light 
except on star nights. 

Making It worsf, the Military Tat- 
too at '.\Aldershot, "^Ith stands cap- 
able of seating 100,000 to a per- 
formance was sold out In advance 
f '>r' Its brief engagement. 

Two musicals which are doling 
good business despite all the handi- 
caps are "Mr. Cinders" and "Love 
Xiles," but throughout show busi- 
ness in the capital a feeling of un- 
Btabilllty prevails. 



Buy Opera Sans Score 



London, June 11. 
Clayton & Waller have purchased 
the. rights to Paul Dickey's musical 
version of "The Broken Wing," 'but 
by terms of the transaction they 
get no interest In Percy Wenrlch's 
score. 

' A new score will be written by 
Herbert Clayton and Joe Tunbrtdge 
for the London presentation. 



HEBCEMT SHEIK HERO 

Paris, June 11. 

Theatre Michel >ias mounted a 
new work, "Bou-Chalb" (sub-title 
"The Carpet Dealer"), by Alme Le 
Alls Gosart and Richard, for what 
it. hopes will be a summer run 
Mild entertainment having to do 
with the experiences of an Arab 
ahelk, who comes to Paris in search 
of love adventures. 

Produced by Pierre Aldebert, with 
cast Including Lerner, Roger Cou- 
tant, Nadlne Plcard and Moussla. 



BIDIBED BT THBOWN COINS 

Paris, June 11. 
Henrietta Leblonde, ballad singer^ 
who has played all the halls here, 
may lose the sight of one eye at 
least as a result of being struck by 
coins thrown to her In Jest. She 
was doing a dramatic number de- 
picting poverty when someone be- 
gan throwing coins as a gag. Others 
joined in, one coin . striking the 
singer's eye. 



NEGRI DIVORCE FILEO 

Paris, June 11. 
Pola Negri has filed a Paris dl 
vorce petition against Prince Serge 
M'Dlvani. 



Lee Called Baek 

London, June 11. 
Lee Shubert has arranged to sail 
back to New York July 3. 
. A sudden call from your side Is 
said to have changed his visiting 
period over here. Jjie usually sticks 
around Europe much longer in the 
summer. 



He got in a week' ogff: ■ ■ 



Cornelia Skinner's Solo Show 
London, June 11. 
Cornelia Otis Skinner, daughter of 
the American actor, Otis Skinner, 
opened at the St> James here giving 
a one-woman entertainment, 

Cordlaliy accepted by "friendly 
audience. 



Paris Shows Current, 

Grosses^ in Francs 



Paris, June '6, 

With the usual period of annual 
closing or shitting of managements 
drawing near, business at the legiti- 
mate houses is on the decline. It is 
anticipated more houses will shut 
than last season. 

ShowB now running are "Paris 
qui Charme," new revue at Casino 
de Paris, with receipts reaching 76,- 
000 frs. Folies Bergere comes next 
on the list with 57,000 frs. Marlgny 
revue Is attracting 13,000 frs., and 
the Raquel Meller revue at the Pal- 
ace 20,000 frs. 

The Opera, with the Rubinstein 
ballets, collected 36,000 frs. In spite 
of the weak program, while the 
Opera Comique is keeping up to 30,- 
000 with the. Argentina ballets, and 
the Comedie Francalse a dally aver- 
age of 24,000 with repertoire. The 
Odeon has kept up to only 7,600 with 
"Tombeau sous I'arc de Trlomphe." 

"Trial of Mary Dugan (Apollo) 
9,100 frs.; "Show Boat" (Chatelet) 
11,000; "Marlus" (Theatre de Paris) 
21,000; "Rose-Marie" (Mogador) 12,- 
000; "L' Attache" (Palais Royal) 
6,600;. Italian Opera (Theatre des 
Champs Elysees) 20,000; "Topare" 
(Varletes) 13.000; "The Spider" 
(Avenue) 8,000; "Flossy" (Bouftes) 
9,600; "Melo" (Gymnase). "Ghost 
Train" (Madeleine), "Tip-Toes" 
(FoUes Wagram), "Cocu Magnl- 
flque" (Michel), "Banco" (Potlnlere), 
Ben Johnson's "Volpone" (Atelier 
MontmEtrtre)*! still about 7,C00; 
"L'nstlnct" revived (Porte St. Mar- 
tin), "L'Ennemie" (Antolne), "Les 
Egares" (Caumartln), "Vral proces 
de Jehanne d'Arc" (Artb), 2,000; 
"By Candle Light" (Feinina); "Jour- 
ney's End" (Albert I); "Tne Play's 
the Thing" (Mlchodijre). 'Betall 
Humaln" (Ambtgu); "EUe est a 
vo«s" 'Nouveautes), still attracting 
5,000, despite the heat. 



Morley Play Banned 



<« London, June 11. 

Christopher Morley's play, "Bast 
of Eden," set for production in Edin- 
burgh this week, has been forbidden 
by the. censor. 



Two-Honse Worries 



London, June 11. 

"New Moon" Is about washed up 
at Drury Lane, with house looking 
for a succeeding attraction. 

United Producers Corp., holding 
the Drury Lane, will have another 
house, the new Dominion, nearly 
finished, on Its hands shortly. 



WEATHER REPORT 

Paris, June 11. 
Warm weather contiues, accom- 
panied by rain and drizzle day after 
day. American tourists, normally 
Crowding in at this time, are con- 
spicuously absent. 



Washington, June 11. 
Showers and cooler Wednesday 
over western section and Wednes- 
day evening or Thursday morning;, 
over eastern section partly cloudy 
and cooler Thursday; mostly fair 
and warmer Friday, followed by 
scattered showers Saturday or 
Sunday (16). 



PARIS GETS GERMAN CIRCUS 

Parts, June 11. 
Glelch's German circus pitches 
its tent on Avenue Cllchy, Paris, day 
after tomorrow (June 13). 



"Shoeblack" Rights for V. S. 

London, June 11. 
Lee Shubert has obtained Amerl 
can rights to "The Infinite Shoe- 
black," current at the Globe with 
Mary Newcomb starred. 



Polly Luce a Bride . 

Paris, June 11. 
Polly Lucee, who has just been 
married to Wilfred Toutbeck in 
London, arrived here this morning 
(Tuesday) to see sister Claire, who 
soils tomorrow. 



Francis Maddox Opens 

London, June 11. 
Francis Maddox opened Cafe de 
Paris last night, getting over nicely 

-although-wlth..Attendance slj^t.^ 

Morton Downey opens a six- week 
engagement here July 22. 



"Merry Merry" Out 
} London, June 11. 

. "Merry Merry" exits June 22 at 
%yceum, . 

English version of American mu- 
sical ran about ' six months. 




WILL MAHONEY 

J. E. Mulvaney, in the New Tork 
"American," said: "This Is the hey- 
dby of hoofers, but it Is the highly 
specialized hoofer that Broadway 
demands. He must be subtly funny,' 
sympathetically humorous — ^he must 
sing and tell stories and Will Ma- 
honey is probably the greatest And 
of this kind." 

/ Direction 

RALPH a FARNUM 

1500 Broadway 



Farce, Two Comedies 
In Berlin Premieres 



Bcjrlln, June 11. 
At the Leasing theatre "I Am Un- 
faithful Because I Love Tou," oper- 
etta with music by Ralph Erwln 
and book adapted from Vemeull's 
farce "Heads or Tails," captures 
only part of the quality of its orig- 
inal. 

Work is injured by effort to give 
it a sentimental coloring. Score, by 
the composer ot "I Kiss Tour Hand, 
Madame," Is for the most part trivi- 
al. Looks like a moderate success. 

"Disturbance" at the State Play- 
house by Hans Melsel is revealed as 
a comedy without much plo^ but 
full of Interesting typfes of middle 
class Germany. Setting Is In a 
boarding house and' play has been, 
brilliantly directed by Fritz Engel 
and played by a splendid cast. 

"The Barber of Rosslagen" by 
Bruno Wellenkamp at the Schiller 
theatre is a German small town 
comedy about a barber who estab<- 
llshes a high class shop on money 
received as settlement for the 
crippling of his daughter by an 
auto. He suffers pangs of consci- 
ence, gives his shop to the munici- 
pality and receives a high public 
position. Typically German In heavy 
humor. 



JOSEPHINE BAKER AGAIN 

South America Hoots Colored 
Dancer Same as Europe Did 



Buenos Aires, June 11. 

Josephine Baker, colored Ameri- 
can wriggle dancer, started a riot 
here. Just as she did in several 
European countries, when she made 
her public appearance. Colored 
girl's reported marriage to an Ital- 
ian count Is held responsible for 
public hostility. 

Audience here stampeded upon her 
appearance Thursday (June 6) and 
a general fight developed all over 
the auditorium. Police brought 
OTdee out of the Jam after the show 
had been suspended. After a num 
her of arrests had been made, the 
performance ^ent on. 

Colored girl was driven to South 
America after being expelled from 
several of the European countries. 
She got her first and biggest start 
In Paris long ago. 



INDICATIVE TITLE 

London, June 11. 

Another ot the interminable series 
of comedies in which a couple hav- 
ing lived together for a time de- 
cided to become legally wed, Is 
"Let's Leave It at That" Looks like 
the public will. 

Opened last night at the Queen's. 



BUGS' ^ITLE 



Hearing Will Mahoney and 
Bill Demarest were engaged 
for the Carroll new show, and 
that It had had no title. Bugs 
said: 

"Probably will be called 
'Pratt Palls of 1929." 



Guild Play and Star 
Acclaimed by London 



lK>ndon, June 11.., 

"Caprice" opening at .the St. 
James, was wildly received by a 
premiere audience of remarkable 
enthusiasm and by the newspaper 
Commentators in a similar spirit. 
Newspapers particularly laud Lynn 
Fontanne as an actress of unusual 
distinction. 

Patriotic considerations may enter 
Into this estimate. Alfred Lunt who 
is really the artist of the cast Is 
dismissed with casual mention 
among the rest of the players, all 
of whom are commended. 

"The Devil in the Cheese" at the 
Comedy has all the appearance of 
a prompt flop. 

Grade Fields in "The Show's the 
Tiling" at the Victoria Palace In- 
sures a good measure of success. 
Star Is a magnet of first Importance 
particularly at this house where 
she has appeared many times In 
vaudeville. Attraction looks like 
money for a Qioderate run. 

At the Little theatre "Because Of 
Irene" opened the middle of the 
week. Piece by Michael Morton and 
his step-son was promised as a 
thriller, but turned out to be a 
comedy well received' by a friendly 
audience. Despite which it Is not 
a oommerclal play. 

Passing from recent openings to 
plays promised for the near future, 
C. B. Cochran Is producing a new 
Galsworthy piece, "Exiled" at 
Wyndham's June 19, with Mabel 
Ri^ssell, member of Parliament, re- 
turning to the stage to play the 
leading role. 



LEADERS SWITCH 

London; June 11, 
John Russell, formerly leader at 
Shepherd's Bush, has taken the post 
of Horace Sheldon as leader at the 
Alhambra orchestra. Sheldon Is gO' 
ing to Australia for the William' 
sons. 



"SHOW BOAT" RUN ENDS 

Paris, Juiie 11. 
"Show Boat" was withdrawn from 
the Chatelet last Monday. House 
closes until Aug. 3 when a revival 
of "Around the World in 80 Dayis" 
will be staged. 



Oillingham's Okay 

London, June 11. 

Charles Dillingham has given 
"Mister Cinders" the o. o. and has 
okayed it for the U. S. A. 

It will be done i«i New York about 
next February following the Lon- 
don run. Dillingham wants a 
couple of the English principals for 
American production. 



SAILINGS 



June 21 (New Tork to Paris) Mr. 
and Mrs. W. P. Dodge (Paris). 

June 19 (Honolulu to San Fran- 
cisco): Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mulhall 
(Malolo). 

June 17 (New Tork to Germany), 
Camilla Horn (Columbus). 

June 16 (Honolulu to Los An- 
geles): Galla-Curcl and party (City 
of Honolulu). 

June 14 (New Tork fo London), 
Eddie Elklns and orchestra (Ho- 
meric). 

June 13 (London to New Tork): 
Jack Lee (Washington). 

June 13 (London to New Tork): 
Phil Arnold, Chas. Wilson (Amer- 
ica. 

June 12 (Paris to New Tork): 
Claire Luce (He de France). 

July 10 (New Tork to Paris): 
Carl Laemmle, Stanley Bergerman 
(Majestic). 

June 8 (New Tork to London), 
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ryan (Olympic). 

June 8 (London to New Tork), 
Sir George Tallls, Moddehatore, 
Giovanni MartlnelU, Maestro Salva- 
tore Fuclto, Prof. GIno Castro 
(Aqultania). 

June 8 (New Tork to London), 
Frieda Hcmpel (Olympic). 

June 8 (New Tork U> Liverpool), 
Frieda Inescort (Albertlc). 

June 7 (New Tork to London) 
Mr. and Mrs. Tim O'Donnell 
(Homeric). 

June 7 (New Tork to Palestine): 
Mr. aind Mrs. Samuel Inselbuch 
(Vulcanla). 

June 7 (New York to London), 
H. T. Parker (Arabic). 
__Jime_7 (Ne w _Tork to Iiondon) , 
Joe'.'BrahJt tOIyniprcT*" — — 

June 6 (New Tork to Paris), Lu- 
cille La Verne and "Sun-Up" ■ Co. 
(Paris). . , 

June 6 (New York to Harve): 
Annette Kellcrman, Florence Parr- 
Gare, Suzanna Gaubet (DcGrassc). 

Juife 6 (New Tork to Jl/ondon): 
Fanny Ward (Berengaria), 



$1,150,000 FOR 
DALY'S REFUSED 



London, June 11. 

Edward Laurllldrd acting for a 
syndicate offered $1,000,000 for 
Daly's theatre and raised that ten- 
der to 11,150,000. Proposal was to 
convert the famous house Into a 
sound picture house. 

Operators stood ready to spend 
another 1600,000 on altering the 
place to meefthe new use. All pro- 
posals to sell were declined firmly. 



Astaires Held Abroai 
While U; S. Dates Wait 



London, June 11. , 

Arrangements are pending' to 
move the Astalres in- "Funny. Facte" 
to another London house, due to the 
engagement of the Winter Garden 
for another attraction. 

The Astalres themselves are an- 
xious to close In order to miset cer« 
tain commitments they have ina^e 
for America. English, management, 
however, holds option on their ser- 
vices until receipts" fall bjilow |16,-' 
000. This has not happened once 
during the slump that has cut down 
attraction after attraction. 

It now looks as though 'iFunny 
Face" will run through August 



Australian Air Combitte 



' Sydney, Jitne 11, - 
Union Theatres, Fullers and the 
Albert properties' have entered lnt» 
a combination for the. purjiose.'ot 
obtaining by coihtract an adequat* 
supply of radio program matertaL ' 
Deal covers', all .Australia and Is 
operative for a tenp ot three years. 



BABE EOAN BE£EATS ^ 

V . i><)fn<ioit, : June ' 11^ . ' 
Babe Egfin and' the .dollywo«a 
Redheads who were featured at' their 
Kit Cat Club for two weeks this 
month, doubling '-frpjn .yautl^vUlB,. 
have been booked 'icdr a. ihrMS-w«ek: 
return to ttie same estkbilshiment 
in Jiily. 



\ 



BENEFIT POR VEniRAH 

ParlBi June li: 
/Paul FVanck,' former manager ot 
the Olympla, is organizing; «', bene- 
fit perfonnance at the Empire .in 
behalf of Sherry, who for 20 .years 
was stage manager. of the Olsrmpls, 
and who has been Iil destitute olr« 
cumstances since that house. clotied. 



"GOD'S CHILLUF' SET 

tiondon, Juno 11. 

"All God's Chlflun Got Wlnga^ 
opens June 17 at the Court. '\ . / 

Frank Wilson, who playea nam* 
part in "Bprgy'' here, will ha'ye the 
lead in the O'Nell piece. Both plays 
are of ithe New- Tork Theatre GuU4 
repertoire. 



"Redheads" In Berlin 

\ Londoii, June 11. 
"Hollywood Redheads," Ameri- 
can girl band, has. been booked for 
the Winter Garden, Berlin, for 
August 



INDEX 

Foreign 3-8 

Pictures .r. .c. ... 4-35 

Picture Reviews 16 

Film House Reviews.,.. 46 

Vaudeville ., ....... 38-44 

Vaude Reviews 46 

' New Acts 47 

BiHs 48-49 

Times Square 60-62 

Editorial .• 63 

Women's Page 64 

Legitimate 66-61 

Music 62-61 

Obituary 68 

Correspondence 67-71 

Letter List .. ....... 71 

Inside — Pictures ......... 63 

' Talking Shorts 16 

^JLIteratiJ. .-. . . . . ^. .... 68 

Legit RevTewa '."77. . rT.":."*"'"^ 

Foreign Film News 29 

Burlesque ............... . -44 

Inside— Legit ........... 63 

Inside — Vaude .......... 42 

News of Dallies, . . .. , 34 

Outdoors ............... 66 



PICTURES 



'Wediiesd^iy, June 12, 1929 



Power of Attorney 



Los Angeles, -June 9. ' 
With Equity refusing to give out a list of Its membePs either 
under contract or free-lancing in films the following names are be- 
lieved to be an approximate summary of Equity members now in 
pictures. 

Paramount 

Esther Ralaton' JaokOaltle 
Denis King William Powell 

Jean Herscholt Hal Skelly 

CUve Brooks Richard Arlen 

lAwford Davidson RJgls Toomey 
James Hall Lillian Roth 

O. P. Heggle Richard Arlen 

Frederic March Buddy, Rogers 



Maurice Chevalier 
Moran and Mack 
Baclanova 
Nancy Carroll 
Ruth Chatterton 
Fay Francis 
lieone Iiane 
Mary Eaton 
Chester Conklln 



George Jessel 
Edmund ' Iiowe 
iPauI Miinl 
J. Harold Murray 
Wlir Rogers 
Mary Duncan 
Norma Terrls 
Ignore Ulriis 
Frank Albertaon 
Kenneth MacKenna 
Paul Page 
Lennox Pawie 

John Boles 
Katherlne Crawford 



Joan Crawford 
Marlon Davies 
Duncan Sisters- 
George K. Arthur 
George Borraud 
Lionel ' Barrymore ■ 
Charles Blckford 
Mary Doran 
CHS Edwards 
Raymond Hackett 

Richard Barthelmess 
Milton Sills 
Doug. Fairbanks, Jr. 

John Barrymore 
Pauline Frederick 
E. E. Horton 
George Arllss 

Robert Ari^strong 
Stanley Smith 
'Russell 'Gleason 
Ina Claire 

Raymond Maurel 
Ann Greenway 
Bebe Daniels 

Ronald Coleman 

Ralph Graves 



Fox 

David Percy 
Joe Wagatalf 
Lee Tracy 
Dorothy Burgess 
Helen Chandler 
John Breeden 
El Brendel 
Bobble Bums - 
Walter Catlett 
Owen Davis, Jr. 
Charles Eaton 
Oavlh iSordoh 
V ' Universal 
''Reginald beniiy 
Robert Ellis 



Warren Hymer 
Richard Keene 
George,.MacfarIane 
Margfaret . jC^buFcblll 
Sylvia Fields 
Charlotte Henry ■' 
Lola Lane ' 
Helen. Twelvetreee 
W^ner Baxter 
Clarice 'Sltyernail 
Charles Fkrreif 
Donald Gallagher 



WllUanx Janney 
Henry Kolker 
Lee Moran 
Benny Rubin 
Florence Oakley 
Bvangellne Russell 
Carrie Harrison 
Herbert Prior 
Kate Price 
Mack Swain 
Ruth Taylor 
Conway Tearle 
H. B. Walth%Il 
Kenneth Duncan 
Norma J)rew 
Kenneth Harlan 
George Barnes 
Jerry Coe 
Claude King 
Nataline Warfleld 
Jane Laurel 
Helene MJllard 
Dorla Brownlae 
Marjorle Warfleld 
Nlta Cavalier 
Laska Winter 
Doris Kemper 
Eulelle Jensen 
Grace Goudal 
Marion Lord 
Fairbanks Twins 
Brox Sisters 
Winnie Lighther 
Julia S. Gordon 
Mary Foy 
Maude T. Gordon 
Maude Truox 
Edythe Chapman 
Percy Haswell 
Blanche Frledertcl 
iilsie Bishop 
Madge Huijt 
Virginia Sales 
May Holey . 
Skeets Gallagher 
Mary Alden, 
Barbara Bedford 
Mdthe w Beta 



Metro-Goldwryn-Mayer. 

Lewis Stone 
•Ernest Tprrehce' 
'■'Kay Johnson 
CarlottaiKlng 
■ Charles king 
'George Marlbn 
Robert Montgomery 
Conrad Nagel 
Elliott Nugent 
J. C; Nugent 

'First National 
Msirllyn Miller 
Irene Bordoni 
Jack Buchanan 
Warner Brothers 
Sophlb Tucker 
Ted ZjCwIb 
Bert Ly tell 
Thomas Mann 

Paths 
Herbert Clark 
Ann Harding 
James Gleason, 
Lucille Gleason 

Radio 
Rod LaRocque 
Olive Borden 
Dorothy tiee , 

United Artists 
Fannie Brlce 

Columbia 
Belle Baker ' 
Freelance 
Lawrence LeBond 
I>. J. Flanagan 
Emmett King 
Robert Dudley 
Wilfred North 
John Beck 
Effle Ouenste 
G.' R Stone 
John Arthur 
Max Davidson 
Joe E. Brown 
W. A. Orlamoud 
Carmel Myers 
Margaret Livingston 
. Tommy Dugan 
Lina Basquette 
Judith "Vrosselll 
Sylvia Breamer 
Blanche Mehaftey 
Trixie Frlganza 
Helen J. Eddy 
Natalie Moorehead 
Doris LToyd 
Llsha March 
KatKef ine Dale Owen 
Alma Bennett 
Nlta Martan 
-Marion Burns 
Clara "VeWera 
Nlta LaRoy 
Ed Cassidy 
Al Hill 
Joan Bennett 
U. L. Thome 
Harvey Clarke 
Ch. E. Evans 
Ch. H. Mails 
Tom Ricketta 
Wm. Worthlngton 
Dan Mason 
Paul McCalllster 
Arthur Hoyt 
!Tom Wilson 
Lewis Payne 
Michael 'Vlsaroff 
Chappell Dossett 
Robert E. O'Connor 
Roderick O'Parrell 



M^ry Nolan 
Joseph Schlldkraut 
Glenn Tryon 



Robert Holbrook 
Ba6ir Rathborie 
Dtrt-othy Sebastian' 
Jack Benny 
Lo'n Chariey 
John- Gilbfe'if 
William- rialhfes 
J'red'l'Jiblo ■ 
Ramon No'Jarro 



Eddie Buzzell 
Lois Wilson 



H. B. Warner 
Grant Withers 
Charlotte Greenwood 



Constance Bennett 
Morton Downey 
Harry Bannister 



■eioTyX'BrScKvi^ir" 



Nigel DeBruller 
Ralph Emerson 
Alphbnz Ethier 
James Flnlayson 
Huntley Gordon 
Otto Ledercr 
Tom McGuire 
Doiiald MacKenzie 
Frank Wills 
Clafence Geldert 
Harry. Burkardt 



Sidney T'oler 
Elmer Vlllard 
DeWltt Jennings 
James Nelll 
Joseph W. Glrard 
Oscar Apfel • 
Knute EricksOn 
Fred Burt 
Richard Carlyle 
Michael Mark 
Alfred Fisher 



Bert 'Wheeler 
Bob Woolsey 



(Bobby Watson . 

Harry .Stubbs 
Maurice . Black 
W. H. Turner 
Robert Wilbur 
W. H. Tooker 
Herbert 3urston 
E. H. Calvert 
Chester Morris 
John Wray 
Jason Robards 
Warner Richmond 
Donald Keith 
J.' B. Lltel 
Dennis . D'Aubiu-n 
Halsom' Battley 
Ray Gallagher 
Ed Hem . 
Cosmo Bellew 
Carl Dial 
Crawford Kent 
Carl, Miller 
Allan Birmingham 
Fairfax Burger 
Cleve Moore 
Bea Hall 
Ben Lyon 
Ben Alexander 
Hall. Fix • 
Carlo Schipa 
Mlltoin Holrhes 
Bo.bby Jackson 
Joe .Crespo , 
Irvihisr L. Rose 
Rober,t Jewett 
Ernest Hllllafd 
Frank Leigh 
Harry Cording 
Robert Travere 
Ed ward Pell 
Floyd Ames 
, Rtcliord R. Nell 
' Richard t>avldson 
Harry Mestayer 
Ben Hewlett 
Robert Holmane 
Earl M. Plngree 
Oeorge Sidney 
Ben Bard 
'^Helen-Wflre™- — ~- 
Margaret Fielding 
Ruth Donnelly 
Florn iBromlcy 
Bnrton. Hepburn . 
Cyril Chadwlck 
Roscoe Kams 
Paul Hurst 
■Victor Potel 
Harrison Ford , 
(Jeorge Barrlnger 
Robert Edespii 



tMB Aitgelefi, June 11. 
B;quity headquarters claims 
that Arthur . Landau, agent, 
forced all players under con- 
tract to 'him. to give btni powef 
of attorney and authoriae his 
signing with . pro4ticei:0 on the 
' Academy standard torm cpn->. 
' tract. 

It la asserted that -Iiondau 
pointed out to hlo piaye'e that 
as he was not an Eiquity mem- 
ber, and they would not be 
punished by his signing the 
standard contract. . However, 
Equity claims that contracts 
signed by Landau In this way 
would be Invalid, the- conten- 
tion being the actor is respon- 
sible for the actions of his 

'-'agent. '• ' ■ .' 
[ , , Equity says It will ^refuse to 
recognize siich contrticts, '■ as 

/notice was sent to all agents 
not to sign adtora on any. other 
form' but the Ektulty minimum 
I .;i!ontract. Equity offlcials say 
notice will iw served. on the 
producers it ibfiy resort to the 

r Laiidau method of obtaining 
Equity people Illegally. Organ- 

• Izatlon says' the studios 'will be 
iaced with the possibility ?of 
actors repudiating their con- 
tracts if they don't want 

■ Equity to Inflict penalties upon 
them for.' disobedience. " 



Mordock's OpmiQp 



IjOB Angeles, June 11. 
I J. J. Murdock, who leaves for 
New "Tork Thursday, stated he M 
convinced the pieoducers will sUck 
together In the Equity trouble. 

Murdock said "he believes that 
Equity Is showing the studios that 
I they don't need eastern actors. 

j.- J.' Murdock was the main dlr 
rector for big time, vaud In its two 
successful struggles against strikes 
by the White Rats years ago. 



So thatt no conflictton between 
the east and weist arise. Equity In 
its proposal to establish an Eqnlty 
closed shop ^n talker production, all 
west coast work is under Frank. 
Gllimore's dlreciron whne uie east 
has been assigned to Paul DMlzell. 

Gillmore will continue as the 
main Equity spokesman. His pres-. 
ence on the west coast resulted In' 
theJJew York end being given Mr. 
Duizell. 

As matters stood up to yestdrday 
(Tuesday) Equity has nrft -com- 
municated with any of the union 
trades craft asking for sympathetic 
resolutions or that any call <ffut Any 
of their menibers through ^iie conr 
troversial bi[ti)iB. noyr jon. There: Is 
no strike. ye.i(. t>y l^uity and . may 
not be dnyr ^!ilt fiqiilty, it is stated, 
la pre'parlng [ to embrce It^.. aor 
nounced""cloej9<l>hop""plon 'for the 
picture members.. . 

At the L A. a^d A. F. of M. beadi 
quarters in,!New. Tork nothlns had 
been hpard officially from Equity. 
Their oiliy knowledse of the Equity 
condition was known through .pub- 
lished reports. - . 

Equity apparently is flrst .going 
to give its entire back to the fight 
and endeavor to win without any of 
the assd'clated trades' support. 

Musicians' Gries 

Right now the musicians have 
plenty of grief , among their vast 
army of unemployed, a condition 
that was made all the worse when 
the sound film and talkers threw 
hdndreds of union musiokers Wt of 
work. 

On the west coast the I.A. has I 
been struggling hard to effect a 
complete unionization with more 
'lirogreqa. reported last season^ thiui 
In any other previous period. 

It is generally known that the LA. 



and A;F. of M. have an Interlocking 
agr.eenient^icoverlng strikes. . .fjo 
undc'stoQa agifeeinent has ever i«ika 
ohtained by Equity, despite the voN 
untary action of the unions in glv-« 
log support to the actors In 1919, 

Squity claims that the jrelatlona 
oif all these unions Is Just as frlend« 
ly today as they were 10 years ago 
but that Equity is not calling on 
them as yet for help. All 'this an« 
tlcipatory walking out by other 
.unions ,1s .considered, premature jia 
Equity.' ' ^^isn!t decreed a strike 
though'there' ls talk of one receiving 
Impetus daily. ' 
Equity Endorsed 

Equity -regarded the rej^ar com> 
munlcatlon that . the A.F. - of L. ls« 
sued lost '.week with unqsual slgnlf. 
Icanc^, It 'Js said.. On the clip sheet 
of the parent body of organized 
labor 'In ihe'U.S, was a Strong en- 
dorsement' of Equity's stand In the 
preaeht Round film an.d -talker mat- 
ter. 

Contrary to belief the A.F. of L, 
Federation does not call a strike. 
It may advise the unions what to do 
under, the circumstances, but a 
strike : occurs only on tihe direct re« 
quest, of one. union to the, others. 

Vnder . .Equity's provision the 
Actors' .Gounoll inust. make a re- 
quest, or authorize . its offlcers to 
make, a request for outside help. 



Hal Cooley 
Holmes Herbert 
■■■ Tom Moore 
Matt Moore 
Owen Moore 
Ian Keith 
Michael Vavltch 
George Duryea 
Ed Martlndal 
Sam DeGrasse 
•Harry Green 
Kenneth Thompson 
Bryant Washburn 
Franklin Pangbom 
Charles Mlddleton 
- John Davidson 
Lionel Belmore 
Allan Conner 
Dean Jager 
Robert Harris 
John Loder 
King Kennedy 
Rudolph Schlldkraut 
Lllyan Tasbman 
MltcheU Lewis 
Hobart Bosworth 
Doris K^yon 
jtbntague Love 
Daphne Pollard 
Brandon Hurst 
Joseph Cawtbome 
Ned Sparks 
Sam Hardy 
Patsy Ruth MlUer 
' George Pawcett 
' Pat Somerset. 
Nancy Welford 
WlUiam CoUler, Jr. 
Ariiiand Kallz 
La'wrence Grant 
Lewis Brennlson 
Vernon Styles 
. Arthur Rankin 
Phillips Sihalley 
Olive Tell 
Marlon Lord 
Jane Wlnton 
. Edmund Breese 
Wilbur' Mack 
Nance O'Neill 
Roy D'Arcy 
; Richard Carle 
Walter Pldgcon 
Wheeler Oakman 
Tyler. Brooke 
Greta Granatead 
Arthur Housman • 
Barbara Leonard 
... — lErllzl- Ridge.^a.y_»- 
Charlotte Walker 
Theodore Von Eltz 
Frank Relchor , 
"Walter Houston 
■ ' Luplno Lane 
Richard Tucker 
Anders Randolph 
Billle Rhodes 
Brooks Benedict 
Robert Milasch 
Joseph Farley 



Maurice Black 
Marty Faust 
Don Douglas 

Marjorle Kane 
lico Carrlllo 
Lucille Powers 
Fanchon I^ankel 
Kate Campbell 
. Walter Perclval 

Paul Nicholson 

Anna Nicholson 

Eddie Grlbbon 

Johnny Morris 

Judy King . 

Antonio Mareno 

Boris Karloft 

Anita Stewart 

Anita Garvin 

Ann Brody 

Ruth Cherrington 

Rita Carew 

Leroy Mason 

F. X. Bushman, Jr. 

Helen Ferguson 

Jobyna Ralston 

Harry Cording 

William Holden 

James Klrkwood 

Jack Plckford 

Ford Sterling 

Blanche Sweet 

John Relnhardt 

Fred Mackaye 
PhlUp Strange 
Pumell Pratt 
Harry Stubbs 
Forrest Stanley 
EA Dearlng 
Richard Cramer 
James Crane 
Reginald Sheffield 
Frederic Howard 

'Vemon Kelso 
Emerson Treacy 
iJenry Crosby 
Madeline Seymour 
James Gordon 
John Gordon 
Stanley Mack 
Evelyn Hall 
Kathleen Clifford 
Eleanor Boardman 
Allien Prlngle 
Renee Adoree 
Eine Ellsler 
William Walling 
Richard Walling 
Ralph; Lewis 

«-Jl!yS.i!SJSl5 • 

Wynham Standing 
Creighton Hale 
John Bowers 
Jaines Spottswood 
John Mlljan 
Ralphi Forbes 
■Walter Merrill 
• Montague Shaw : 
Reginald Dandy 



i>on Woods- 
Carlyle Moore, Jr. 
Barrett Greenwood 
Kenneth Treseder 
F. SShurhann-Hfelnk 
Westcott B. Clarke 
Theodore Iioroh 
Rmiard Alexander 
jEi^rank Frye 
Demetrlos Alexis 
Jay Hunt 
Clarence Geldert ^ 
Bert Roach 
Pauline Garon 
Viola Dana 
Marg. De La Motte 
Virginia Pearson 
Sheldon Lewis 
Florence. Oakley ' 
Marie Wells 
Helen Bolton 
Jessie Arnold 
Doris Phillips 
Charlotte Stevens 
Marie Shotwell 
Doris Kemper 
Mary Emery 
Ann Warrington 
Rose E. Tapley 
Anne Schaefer 
Rlcca Allen 
Fan Bourke 
Edwards Davis 
Claude GlUingwater 
Gaston Glass 
Robert T. Haines 

Bela Lugosl 

Robert McWade 

Charles "Chic" Sale 

Jack Chafee 

E^le Foze 
Comellus Keefe 

Walter Long ' 

Barbara Luddy 

David Callis 

Frank Fay 

Barbara Stanwyck 

Ruth Golden 

Irving Mitchell 

Helen Brooks 

Junior Blanc 

Herbert Hayes 

George Barnes 

Jack Raymond 

Tony Merlo 

Hank Mann 

Fritz Feld 

Billy Gould 

LUa Lee 
May McAvoy 
Irene. Rich 
Ethel G. Terry 
Walter Hiers 
Lloyd Hughes 
Belle Bennett 
' lK>ulRe Dresser 
George Fawcett 



Legal Debates Start 

On Eqoity Contract 



Los Angeles, June 11. , 
Inevitable legal argument con» 
cernlng the validity of the Equity 
contract for talking pictiffes arose 
.almost Immediately in ,^^e Coajst 
squabble. . After Inspecting the «oA« 
tract, Everett Mills, attorney 'f6p 
Paramount, expressed ^ the opinion 
that the Equity document Is defec- 
tive In several points, particularly -. 
Sections E an^ V of the Rules. Sec- 
tion B reads: 

"The producer may terminate 
tbla contract prior to performance >. 
by the. actor by written notice ' 
.given at least 14 days prior to date 
stated In 3 (a) by slmultaneouslx 
with the giving of said notice pay* 
Ing the 'aotor full salary for one- 
halt the! guaranteed period which 
shall be at least one week's salary." 

It Is Mills' opinion thkt this is a 
clear case- of stipulated damages in ; 
a contract, or. In other Words, pro- -J, 
vldlng for a speolflc penalty for- 
breach of contract before such 
breach exists. This, Jfills says, is 
contrary to the Civil Code of Call- '.': 
fomia and renders the contract in- 
valid on this point. He bases his 
opinion on Sections 1670 and 1671 " 
of the Civil Code. 

Equity is prepared to stand on- 
the legality of the contract, Frank 
Gillmore states. He said the flrst . 
draft of the contract was made by 
himself, Isidore B. Kornblumi " 
Equity attomey In Los Angeles, and 
"Harry Munno, Equity counsel In .. 
Chicago. Preliminary draft was 
made In Los Angeles. It was then . 
taken to New Tork, where the legal 
staff of Equity, together with 
Munns, spent several weeks in - 
bringing It to Its present form. 
After the final draft was made It 
was submitted to the Equity coun- 
cil, which approved It. 



Berg's AD-Eqnity List 



Los Angeles, June 11. 
Phil Berg, casting agent, says he 
I is staying away from the studios 
because all actors under his man- 
I agement are Equity. 

H^ doesn't want to embarrass 
I them by offering them the standard 
contract, he claims. 



Comeron Prud'homme Alice Joyce 



Hays' Usual Tr ip 

■Will Hays Is sticking to schedule 
I on Hollywood trips. Four a year is 
■ enough, he flgures, afld accordingly 
will not board the train until July, 
I when the' next is due. 

This, It is said at his headquarters, . 
[regardless of what lines the Equity 
I contention's may take on westward 
|in the meantimo. 

Phone service still open, Hnysite* 
observe. . 



Wednesday, Jvaji^^.^, 1929 



PICTURES 



.VARIETY 



EQUITY-STUDIO MATTER 



:Hays' Members See No ClKuice iw 
Equhy-S Years in Films for L^t 



Film producer ' members of the 
Hays orsanlzatloit' see no success 
p%i Equity's attempt to organize tbe 
*'^t6rs of 'the fllni Industry, They 
"oialm Equity, Itself, ha^ permitted 
a loophole, 

,., By o'lf^ing the film form of con- 
. . 'tract sCntiedating June .6,. Equity Is 
' Banbtlonlns. 'What amounts to the 
. ):bream i>t the- legit field working 
'jiinder. inim conditions Im Qontracts 
.i.with options that wllL retain them 
' In Equity's good graces for as many 

years as the producer sees fit to 

avail himself of these optional 

Tighta. 

' Ekiulty's plan to climaz the fight 
for Hollywood organization by 
permanently banishing from th6 
legit' stage' members who now start 
work In film studios under non- 
X^iiity conditions is being already 
oiet with retaliation by some film 
companies. One of these expects to 
sign a well known legit star within 
the week to the film formula, the 
Inducement being a guarantee of 
five years in pictures. This Induce- 
inent, they believe, will serve to 
counteract the bludgeon of a lim- 
ited non-E^iuity career in films, at 
the sacrifice of ever being able 
to reapi>ear before Equity's foot- 
. WKhts. 

^. . . That Equity is pulling, an upside- 
down on the old actors' strike In its 
"'if^test campaign is also voided in the 
' Hays h^Mqnarters. There they now 
blame Equity for killing one-night 
,,>tands by setting unions in until 
scales were boosted to the point 
where former profits in the take 
were eaten- by raises. 

The Actor the Last 

The lesser performers in pictures 
will suffer similarly, a Hayslte 
claims. He credits Equity with the 
ti^Istake by orgranlzlng labor in Hol- 
lywood, and making its stand in the 
open for the actor Its last move. 

Now in picture 'production with 
eameramei^ : organized and some 
scaled to $200 a week, standard sal- 
aries will 1;>e figured first in the 
budget and after that compensa- 
tion for the filler In the cast will 
be gauged, he sa'Id. 

.Film conditions for the actor are 
far better than those In the legit 
field, the Hays office declares. On 
the average, hours are considered 
fairer in the studio and the re- 
xnuneration greater in that there is 
tio time wasted in free rehearsals. 

"Iiopk at Broadway and you will 
see the passing of the stage," .an- 
other Hayslte summed up a long 
' list of contentions against Equity. 
As to names he stated: 

"Capable legit people get a name 
In couple of good plays. A film 
actdr cait become known In as many 
pictures. Figure this out: What 
name means the most in the lights, 
Jeanne Eagels or Mary Plckford?" 



Beery and CosteDo's 
Corner Talk Session 



Los Angeles, June 11. 
Soap box session conducted last 
night by Noah Beery and Mailrice 
Costello at comer of Hollywood 
boulevard and Cahuenga avenue. 
Hollywood, was the first local evi 
dence of actors participating In the 
Equity agltatibn for closed shopc 
Neither of the two speechmakers 
has been engaged in picture work 
I . <]>y a major company for some time. 
Beery, from the box, was partlcu 
larly vehement In his denunciation 
of Warner Bros,, claiming Warners 
hired 16 extras recently, worked 
— thenr~all— dayr-sent-theni_:i>Ut_for 
supper, and then ordered them back 
,.:to work all night. Beery stated he 
• .refused to be treated In that man- 
ner and walked off the set. 

Beery is said to be Immensely 
wealthy. The extras who were not 
so wealthy remained on the set, 

Costcllo's public contention was 
' that actors are being abused out 
here by the picture producers.' 



Use Aroond tOO Screen 
Credit Players at Peak 



IjOS Angeles, June 11. 
With production at its peak 
It is figured by producers that 

' aboul 700 screen .credit play- 
ers are used in picture mak- 
ing. When production is at 
16'w ebb about 160 to 200 play- 

,ers are on' the payrolls, most 
being contract people. At the 
present time it is figured that 
about '600 players will be re- 
quired for important parts to 
get out the productions 
planned. 

Besides these, another three 
to four hundred woul.'. be re- 
quired for parts who do not 
get Screen credit. An average 
of around 600 a day would be 
used for ensembles and atmos- 
phere, the latter groqp ob- 
tained through the Central 
Casting Bureau. 



Talker Gosed Shop 
TdkAromiilEqiiity 
N. Y. Headquarters 



Although picture producing heads 
here were reputed to have declared 
themselves firmly opposed to Ekiulty 
Shop in the talking picture field, 
there weis little reaction in New 
Tork to Equity's sudden move la^t 
week in declaring that starting June 
6 casta' for talkers must be 100 per 
cent. Equity and must bo engaged 
under conditions set . forth in a 
new minimum contract. 

No ballyhoo around Equity's of- 
fices since there is no strike sit- 
uation at ^his time. Little or no 
conflict with producers is expected 
for another two months, it Is said, 
since most of the pictures being 
started had the casts engaged prior 
to the date Equity declared Itself. 

Equity's reports from Los An- 
geles were to^the effect that the 
local liapers at first gave the topic 
less attention than expected. Other 
news events such as the Shrlner 
convention and a couple of mur- 
ders occupied the front page. 

Not over 160 members made in- 
quiries at Equity's headquarters as 
to the Equity Shop move. Included 
were 70 players with contracts to 
be looked over. Apparently that 
is the total among legit actors who 
are engaged in talkers in the E^t. 
Equity officials seemed surprised 
that more talkers were not being 
made In the New York district. In- 
vestigation . showed that such ac- 
tivity was confined principally to 
shorts. 

Legits Pleased 

Eastern picture executives are 
letting the western officials handle 
the situation. The producers of 
"over my dead body" attitude did 
not seem to impress the Ekiulty 
people. 

As far as the legit producers are 
concerned, they seem highly pleas- 
ed at the Equity Shop for talkers 
move, feeling it would help them to 
hold piayers under contract 

In reply to Lionel Barrymore's 
statement Monday that Equity was 
attempting "a major operation" for 
injustices which do not exist, it was 
-'itjttpd that, tha Ec[i^ty_^hop^ move 
might not interest 'picture '"sfars 
whose high salaries precluded in 
justices but that protection for the 
general run of Actors was aimed 
for. Barrymore stated that the 
claim of long hours required in stu 
dlos was exaggerated and that play 
'ers had plenty of time on their 
hands during production for which 
they are paid. 




Free-Lance Film Actors 
Want Equity — Recekitly 
Arrived New Yorkers Un- 
certain and DodginK, Due 
to' Contracts Already 
Signed— Studio Says Will 
, Release Those Wanting 
to Go Home — -L. A. Press 
Against Screen Placers 
Organizing — Producers- 
Union Agreements Have 
3 Years to Run — -Film 
Execs Feel Issue Personal 
Matter With Gillmore 



SCREEN NAMES IN PLAYS 



Los Angeles, June 11. - 
On the day (June 5) that Frank 
Gillmore flashed his paper demand- 
ing Equity shop and Equity eon- 
tracts in pictures, the Association 
of Motion Picture Producers and 
two of the larger independents, 
Tifl'any-Stahl and Columbia, called 
a meeting which ranjnto the email 
hours at whieh the producers de- 
cided they would resist all efforts 
to unionize the film actor. Although 
on past labor matters the produor 
eh« have been known to ehange 
their attitude, in this Instance they 
insist through their president, Ce- 
cil B. DeMille, that they will flght> 
and in unison. 

Reply of the producers' was brief 
and directed to the press, not 
Equity. It slated that the studio^ 
would continue to engage artists 
only under that standard form 
contract prepared and approved by 
representatives of both producers 
and picture actors before the Acad- 
emy of Motion Picture Arts and 
Sciences and that they (the pro- 
ducers) 'Will not stand to be re- 
stricted on the source of their tal<- 
ent. The producers hold that they 
have no dispute with Equity and 
that as far as they are concerned 
it seemed to be a personal affair 
with Oillmore. ' - • 
Confused and P.atr!otic 
There doesn't seem to be much 
doubt that the recently arrived 
New York actor Is confused. All 
would like to see the producers and 
Equity get together on an sm'icable 
basis. On 'the ether hand, the pa- 
triots are already carrying thp 
torch for Equity and the free lance 
actors, who have been in Hollywood 
for years are practically solid for 
Equity's entrance into pictures. 
However, some of the eastern con- 
tingent are Just coasting along be- 
cause they, have 9ne picture or ep-' 
tional contracts, agreed upon prior 
to June 6, which exempts them 
from the turmoil for a while. The 
big salaried stage actors' problem 
appears to be whether or not te 
take the gamble ef clicking In pic- 
tures and forsaking the legit stage 
because of the money, natiertal and 
international publicity. A few see 
no necessity for Equity In Holly- 
wood. 

Gillmore has declared that there 
are 2,SO0 Equity members now on 
the Coast. He further says that, 
although they majr not all be up In 
their dues they are still members of 
the organization and that under no 
circumstances will their resigna- 
tions be accepted at this time. He 
states that all resignations must be 
forwarded to the council In New 
York and that that body has In- 
stinictlons from him not to accept 
a. resignation during the present 
emergeSey:^ This—is— to— stop-film. 
Equity members from resigning to 
accept long term contracts from 
producers during the current situa- 
tion. 

Gillmore maintains that on the 
two days following his mandate at 
least 12 Equity members refused 
contracts from studios and that, 
two of these people were' players of 



Opposing Forces on Coast 
Lining Up Silendy for 
Otfense and Defense Ends 



Studios TeD, Casters to 
Hold Off in New York 



Los Angeles, June 11. 
Legit actors from the east 
have an - edge over the screen 
actors at present If the east- 
erners fit parts and types. 
About 300 have been Imported 
from the Atlantic coast during 
the.. past six months, and it is 
understood that negotiations 
win bring another 300 or so 
here during th£. early part of 
July, 

It is reported that the New 
Tork pasters ifor the studies 
have been instruoted to hold in 
abeyance any deal^ with 
Ekiutty members .until a Plan 
Is decided upon by the pro- 
ducers as a body. Picture men 
feel that they can cast. If nec- 
essary, sufilclently for pictures 
out here with non-Equity ac- 
tors. They maintain that the 
regular picture actors have 
learned to talk during the past 
year, and that a sufficient 
number could be obtained to 
properly assemble a cast for 
satisfactory product. 



high rank. He mentions no names. 
Also during these two days, be de- 
clares that 112 applications came in 
for membership. 

Contract Situation 

In a statement to "Variety GUI- 
more said that the weakness of 
Equity in its present position is the 
peculiar film contract situation 
which exists. This is that so m^y 
people are under contract on- an op- 
tion basis. He declares that where- 
ever these contracts are legal Equity 
can . make no move to force these 
players to enter the 'Equity agree- 
ment regardless of how many op- 
tions are taken up. He. admits' that 
due to this contingency the battle 
win be harder and possibly a little 
longer, as Equity has no Immediate 
jurisdiction over the higher salaried 
principals under contract to stu- 
dios. • 

Further comment by Gillmore Is 
that since his arrival he has been 
Informed that some 'Equity mem- 
bers In arrears have stated that 
they are free to accept studio con- 
tracts because of this delinquency. 
First such Instance Is the case of 
John Davidson, who signed a con- 
tract with M-O-M'the day after the 
Equity edict foe* a part in "The 
Thirteenth 6hair." Davidson, ac- 
cording to Gillmore, feels he had 
a right to sign because he was not 
In good et&ndjng. Oillmore main- 
tains that the actor Is wrong and 
his^ case will be taken up in the 
imiAediate future. 

"With respect to the new contract, 
Gillmore says considerable confu- 
sion exists among day workers and 
bit players. This IS' because, the 
new contract consistently refers to 
weekly salary and due to day work- 
ers being under the Impression they 
are exempt from Equity eligibility. 
Gillmore states this is not s,o, and 
that the contract mailed out was 
simply a minimum agreement sym- 
bolizing all of Equity's picture con- 
tracts. He declares that special 
contn&cts . will be . available early 
this week applying directly to day 
and bit players, and that propor- 
tionately, according to the .length 
of work, these contracts will have 
exactly, the same provisions as' has 
the minimum weekly contract. 

It wals stated" ¥r"'Equn3^^ 
quarters that a number of featured 
players, such as George Arllss, John 
Barrymore and Corlnne Grllllth, all 
Equity members, ha.ve clauses in 
their contracts which give them the 
right of refusal of members of their 
supporting casts. One Equity offi- 
cial believes that these stars could 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

Preparations by Equity and the 
film producers are going silentlr 
forwaji'd here, 'wlth the alr buzztpff 
with : all sorts of reports and 
rumors concerning the various 
methods of offense and defense, 

A secret meeting between Frank 
Gillmore, of Equity, and the busi- 
ness agents of the various studie 
and theatrical crafts was held yes- 
terday (Monday) in an undisclosed 
spot where there was no possibility 
of a dictagraph. 

Represented at the labor . pow- 
wow were the stage hands, mu- 
sicians, projectionists, cameramen, 
recording engineers, . electricians, 
carpenters and painters. It was de- 
tclded to defer action until word Is 
received from the executive council 
.'Pf the American Federation of 
Labor.' Another meeting of the 
various labor bodies may be held 
I June 18 . 'or- 14. 

Meanwhile the producers have de- 
cided among themselves to refrain 
from 'any form of publlo con- 
troversy or discussion ' ^th tilU- 
more. ' They have wired , the ■ Hays 
office in New York^ to instruct 'all 
home office and eastern executives 
not to talk for publication. Studios 
on' the Coast do not want any In- 
terference from New York in their 
handling of the Equity matter. . 

Present studio contracts with ths 
rarlous union crafts have from one 
to three yeara to run, but can be 
cancelled by either side on two 
weeks' notice. 

Loaning Aetors 

In the matter of actors It Is un- 
derstood producers have agreed 
among themselves to loan each 
other contract players who may be 
deemed necessary to a picture la 
the advent of a shortage of talent. 
Producers claim they can carry 
along for two yeatti without serious 
worry from Equity or the free lance ' 
players. 

One major studio la said to have 
signed five Equity members since 
June 6. No names given. Other 
studios are reported signing actors 
secretly, holding off announcement 
of the tie-up untll'th'e trouble comes 
to a head or blows over. 

On the other side of the fence 
Charles Miller, coast representative 
for Equity, claims over 600 applica- 
tions for membership. -Gillmore 
publicly stated that 40 Equity mem- 
bers offered jobs under. non-Equity 
conditions had turned them doWn. 
No names given. - , i ' 

Lionel Barrymore and Willard 
Mack, both under contract to M-G- 
M, broke Into Monday's press with 
lengthy statements opposing Equity. 



refuse to work with non-X!quity 
members and still be within their 
rights. The same executive admits 
it would be possible tQ'* cast a pic- 
ture with non -Equity players, but 
doubts- that the actors could .be ob- 
tained- whose competence would 
equal that of Equity disciples. 
Figure -Desertion 

Equity figures that some actors 
may desert the organization, but be- 
cause any actor who walks out at 
present could never work on the 
leglt stage again, or even In pic- 
tures, should Equity win the fight 
these factors 'straighten out any 
tendencies to fly away. 

At one studio where a consider- 
able number of stage people have 
been brought from New York, it 
was said that these actors are not 
perturbed by the situation, as they 
are here on a one picture contract, 
and will return to Broadv^ay at the 
end of that time. Some of this fac- 
»tlon^poJnLeu!Lth.at:.EquIty;^^mlssed 
In not bringing up the Issue after"''^ 
summer production was In full sway 
and the studios were in the mldat 
of features using stage talent. 
Willing to Release players 

Head of one big studio states he 
has a large number of New York 
(Continued on page ' 34) 



VARIETY 



P I C T U RE S 



Wednesday, June 12, 1828 



Make Pictares as You Go k Travel 
Bureau's Idea-Tourists Paying "Nuf 

Josh Binhey*8 Scheme — Camera and Sound Units 
With Each Group — ^Actors «8 Principals 



Los Angeles, Juile 11. 

See the world — and play In pic- 
tures yourself at the same time. 
All for the one price of admission. 
That is the newest Hollywood 
wrinkle. Ifs th~e Woi-ld Travel and 
Cinema Association, Inc. 

Recently organized, its president 
nnd spokesman Is Harold J. "Josh" 
Blnney ^ho admits he has been (n 
the picture business for 17 years as 
a director, that he has Jyeen asso- 
ciated with the big companies, hot 
lias mostly Indulged In Independent 
work. Records of the past seven or 
eight years fall to show that he 
directed anything Important enough 
•to be listed. Central ^Casting Office 
reports he worked as an extra for 
a while a couple of years ago. 

Blnney says the Idea Is his own 
and that the corporation, a closed 
proposition, is capitalized at $160,- 
000. of which, he says, $100,000 is 
paid up. Judge E. R. Dodge le sec- 
retary and H. E. Gilbert Is treas- 
urer, Blnney Informs there are no 
other stockholders. 

Plan is to organize tours each 
unit of which will be accompanied 
by a complete film making outfit, 
including sound recording eqatpr 
ment. On each tour a complete fea- 
ture picture with a story will, be 
made. 

Accordinsvto Blnney the leading 
roles will .be played by actors "of 
the first magnitude" and the stories 
will be writ'ten by "scenarists of es- 
tablished reputation." Tourists will 
appear In the films, mostly in mob 
noenes, and after the tour is fin- 
ished, the picture w'lll be cut, and 
released for general distribution. 

Pre Rata Price 

For the tours remote and com- 
paratively -untraveleS places will be 
.selected.' Film story will be -made 
to fit. then the association' starts 
to figure how much it will cost to 
make the picture and conduct the 
, tour for a definite number of people," 
number to depend on the possible 
picture cost. Total cost will be di- 
vided among the prospective tour- 
ists. 

In other words it costs the parent 
company nothing to produce the 
picture, all expenses being paid by 
the tourists. 

Blnney malntafns that the first 
(our will start about July 1 taking 
In the back reaches of the Sierra 
Nevada mountains, with 4(r tourists 
lined up. Picture to be made on 
this trip is to be called "The Ijost 
Cabin Mine," most of it to be shot 
near Mt. Lassen. Blnney admits 
he wrote the story and will direct. 
He states that pictures made will 
be all-dialog and that the RCA 
Photopbone system will be used. 

A tour of the West Indies and 
northern South America is now be- 
ing organized by the New York of- 
fice, Blnney claims, and ..go out in 
about three or four months. For 
this tour, the W. T. & C. A., Inc., 
has made tieups with three steam- 
ship lines. 

Blnney is also shooting at a 
round-the-world tour, touching 16 
countries, for Jan. 1. Dollar Line 
ship will be used. With a 16-epi- 
sode serial to be made, two reels 
In each country. 



Just an Answer! 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

It was Just a couple of hours 
after Hollywood had flashed 
t^e Ekiulty . contract demand. 

Producer— "I think I've got a_ 
part for you. Aria you a mem- 
ber of Equity r' - 

"No, but ru Join if you want 
me to." 



PAN-R-K-0 DEM, 

CLOSING THIS WEEK 



Chicago, June 11. 
It is expected that Keith's will 
close Its purchase of six Fantages 
theatres on the coast before this 
week ends. 

Keith's holds the houses under 
an option r=pirlng June 14. Thip op- 
/bon names the Pan houses to be 
transferred as at San Diego, Ean 
Francisco, Portland, Spokane, Ta- 
coma and Salt Iiake City. 

Valuation' Is estimated at about 
12,600,000. Four of the theatres are' 
on leased ground with the other two 
owned outright by Alexander Fan- 
tages. 

^ese towns, if taken over, will be 
added ' to the Keith chain, inter' 
spereing Keith's itresent Orpheum 
route in the far west. 

Only thing remaining, to be 
worked out up tw yesterday, it is 
said, was the financing plan for the 
purchase by R-K-O. This was be- 
ing handled in New Tork between a 
representative of Lehman Brothers, 
Keith bankers, and the Keitb attor 
neys, 

N. Y. to L. A. 

Marc Ijachmann. 
Eugene Walter. 
Bernard Steele. 
Richard CaUelt 
J. M. Kerrigan. 
Harry C. Blaney. 
Bellei Baker. 
Frank Craven. 
Maurice Abrahama 
Harry Carroll. 
Dudley Dlgges. 
Rose Pelswlck. 
Uordauiit Hall. 
Katherine Zimmerman. 
Arllne de Haas. 
Dudley Digges. 
Joseph Schenck. 
Harold PYankllik 
Harry Ridhman. 
Charles Christie. 



EVELYN BEENT SIAEBIRO 

Los Angeles, June 11. 

"De Luxe Annie," from an orig- 
inal play by Edward Clark, will be 
Evelyn Brent's first Starring film 
for Paramount. 

It's a crook story dealing with 
amnesia. 



"Eve," All Comedy. , 

Ccflumbla's "Fall of Eve" will re 
place their "Father and Son" at the 
Embassy, New Tork, opening Mon- 
day. 

Picture, starring Patsy Ruth Mil- 
Je.rj_l9_Jhe_flist_aU_tenynf_comc^ 
Fsature. ^ 



Meet Officially . 
Los Angeles, June 11. 
For the first time Edna Murphy 
will face her husband, Mervyn Le> 
roy, in his official capacity as a di- 
rector. 

. Ji will be in "Little Johnny 
Jones/' at First Matlbnal. 




HELEN MORGAN 

starred in Paramount's new all- 
talking picturization of "Applause," 
Beth Brown's popular novel, di- 
rected by Rouben Haihoulian. 

Personal Management * 
M. S.. BENTHAM 



Fmance Board Qiiesdoii§ " 
Chi Censors' Dialog Power 



Chicago, June 11. 

Request by the local . Board of 
Censors for a 17,000 appropriation 
wfth. which to . purchase talker 
equipment for censor^ip previeiva 
and |3,pqo annually for its mainte- 
nance was questioned by Alderman 
Oscar F. Nelson, who doubted that 
the city had right to censor talker 
dialog. Right or not, they've been 
doing It. 

Appropriation was held up for de- 
cision by Corporation Counsel 
Samuel Ettelson. 



L. A. to N. V. 

Les Goodwins, 
Adolph Weiss. 
Harry Campbell. 
William Kupper. 
Horry Buxbaun. ' 
Moran and Mack. 
Malcolm MacGregor. 
Spencer Bennett. 
Vella Raridon. 
Wm. K. Wells. 
W. G. Stuber. 
William German. 
J. J. Murdock. 



FABBELL'S VOICE OKAYED 

Los Angeles, June 11. 

Charles Farrell will be opposite 
Janet Gnynor in "Sunnyslde Up," 
replacing Hugh Trevor, cast by Fox 
for the role when it was ' figured 
Parrel! had no -singing voice; 

After a series of tests it was de- 
cided Farrell would be okay. 

This is the DeSylya, Brown and 
Henderson picture for Fox. 



NAT WOLF BE&I6NS 

Chicago, June 11. 
Nat Wolf, Keith Western film 
IJUyer"wltI^•lIeadq■^lnrte^s^Jreh^cagor 
has resigned, effective Saturday. 



Schulberg in St, Louis 

. Los Angeles, June 11. 

B. P. Schulberg is. en route to St. 
Louis to attend the central states 
conference of Paramount salesmen. 
He Ivlll be gone 10 days. 

Schulberg will not attend the 
New Tork meetings. 



WAViNGDAYS 
BY BILL FOX 



Fox has started paying oft indie 
theatre owners in his Metropolitan 
deal. Deals for 46 theatres were 
consummated with checks last week, 

Saul Rogers says that by the end 
of June the remaining 60 houses 
in the deal will be in Fox's posses- 
sion. . 

The theatre men' who were paid 
during the first week and the num- 
ber of their theatres include; Calde- 
rone, 6; Runkle Bros., 2; Katlnsky, 
8; Brandt, 7; Segal, 6; Jolson-Buch- 
man, 8; Rachqjil-Rinsler, 8; Hirsch, 
1: <xreenberg, 1. 

EUibs file in two by two over at 
the Hotel Ambassador, where the 
Fox attorney and check writer does 
the business in a suite of rooms 
next to the sparkling realtor. A. C 
Blumenthal, who brought all par- 
ties together. 

Although Blumey is over there 
vacatlbnlngr it is officially claimed, 
but, lining up some more prospects, 
reports go, he has left some sharp 
eyed aides behind. 

All last week Indies were paid 
off at the rate of one and two a day 
The issuance of three checks one 
day was considered the biggest ac 
icompllshment of the week. 

since the pay-off actually got un' 
derway the Ambassador has lost a 
lot of its original Park avenue tone. 
Some of the indies can't restrain 
themselves when they get near the 
air in the lobby. The nervousness 
they have exhibited in the cold 
Blumenthal Rogers sanctum combi 
nation is reported to have been cll 
maxed in some cases by a'' hys 
terlcal wa'rlng of the yellow slip of 
paper, reduc'able to many grands 
in greenbacks at the first bank 
where identification is okayed. 

The gents- retired by Fox are f re 
quently dropping into . their old 
stamping ground, the TOCC cham 
ber, whore for months many be- 
moaned the producer's kindness as 
a- Testure ~ta~get-thcnrT)ut 'Of -the 
way. Now their laudation for Bill 
Fox Is sky-high. 

A few of the Indies who haven't 
sold or who weren't approached by 
Pox are the subject for verbal pity 
from the check wavera Not one of 
the moneyed . indies has yet been 
heard to comment about buying a 
drink, a less fortunate chamber 
habitue reports. 



N. Y. Opinion on Equity Matter 



In New Tork during the past week the opinion- appeared to pre- 
vail in the higher film circles that with the producers holding out 
on the Coast ^against the engagement of actors demanding the 
Equity - form of picture playing contract, that Equity would' be 
Ignored. 

Claim is made that leading heads- of the biggest film- organizations 
headquartering in New York have expressed themselves as strongly 
opposed to the Equity demands. : 

• It is recalled by the picture men in New Tork that Equity won 
Its 1919 strike against the legit Broadway producers through the 
assistance of the eta«e hands. The stage hands, closing a 'Broadway 
legit theatre nightly for almost a. week, acting with Equity, finally 
sent, notice to' Erlanger and- the Shuberts that tmless a settlement 
was reached with Equity, all of the legit, theatres in the country 
would be ordered closed the. following night by the stage hands 
union, meaninir the stage hands would walk out.^ 

The legit producers, settled wlth^ Equity th^ night, the stage hands 
unipn'e head of that time. Charles Shay, issued his ultimatum. 




W. IIL Sanviige Adi^ Ca^^ 



IT EAFPENEDI 



A good part of show busi- 
ness is still talking about- the 
big wedding of two of Its' 
qieiphers, Held in a hotel with 
almost'l.Obb present, the -mani- 
moth ro<Sm -^as completely 
smothered in - roses. .As the 
guests arrived a singing sister 
trio, from vaudeville, enter* 
tianed the gathering. They 
sang until it came time for the 
groom'' to show. As he took 
place the trio swung into "My 
Hero." 

Bride's appearance was 
heralded by dimming lights 
and a propesslon of hrldes- 
maiids. whose dresses blended 
In a series of shades building 
up to the bridal -creation. 
Whea the bride ' reached the 
top step, .through curtains, 
four spotlight^ picked up her: 
$6,000 gown and she "took it 
big" — holding the pose. Dur- 
ing the marital vows the or- 
chestra played the bride's fa- 
vorite pIece,J'Roses In .Plcar- 
dy." 

At the reception the imme- 
diate bridal party was served 
with' wine and cocktails." 
Guests got grap-) Juice, 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

Charlie Chaplin Is friring his 
studio. Just in case. Only the con- 
duits and cables^e being installed. 

No sound equipment brought .on 
for the time being. To those out 
here the installation hints at more 
than it seems to mean. 



BENEW ON YOUNGSTEBS 

I«s Angeles, June 11. 
Three of the college boys recently 
brought here by paramount have 
made good as scenario writers. Op- 
tions have been renewed for another 
half year on Norman Bumstlne, J. 
Audrey Clark and T. J. Aheam, 



BOBZAOE FOB HcCOBHAGK 

Los Angeles, June 11. 

Frank Borzage will direct the 
sfnglng-talker Fox will make with 
John McCormack. 

It starts in August in Ireland, 
finishing at Hollywood. 

Kennedy Returning 

Los Angeles, June 11. 
Jos Kennedy will leave -for New 
Tork at the end of this month and 
hot return to the Coast again this 
summer. 

When leaving he will have been 
here for a two-month stretch, 
mostly spent in working on Gloria 
Swanson's two new pictures. 



Fox Leans to M-Q 

Los Angeles, June 11. 

Louise Dresser has been loaned 
to M-G-M for William DeMIlIe's 
next-.--BasIl-Rathbone-also -in~cast.- 

Mlss Dresser is a Fox contract 
player. 



Fannle's "Sex Appeal" 
Fannie Brlce's picture for United 

Artists will be titled ''Sex Appeal" 

instead of "It's a Pleasure." 
Paraphrasing Sophie Tucker's 

"last of the red hot mamas," U. A. 

.will caption Fuinle "the flrst'^. 



An Illinois exhibitor who claims 
he has played "Uncle Tom's Cabln'^ 
in stock once a year for the past 
40 years; wrote Carl Laeminle that 
he wUl start doing the same with 
the picture version If Universal wIU 
preserve It from the dime class. 

Tilts theatre, owner, W. M. Sau« 
vage, head of the Southern Illinois 
Theatres, observes:- 

"There are but two pictt^res that 
I know of that will live if properly 
cared for. One Is .'Uncle Tom's Cab- 
in,? and the other is 'Ben-Hur." Don't 
waste It, keep it Intact, play it once 
a year in the same theatre at the 
same prices and your children's 
cl^ldren need never worry, as this 
picture will keep the wolf from the 
door even if you get rid of every-, 
thing else." 

- Sauvage believes that the "Tom" 
Picture will be as good as stock for 
small town "if you ' do not permit 
the picture to be played two or 
three times each year in the same 
town at cheap prices." 

Speaking, of his success with 
"Tom" stock,' Sauvage writes: 

"I have played 'Uncle Tom's Cab- 
in' in Alton annually for 40 years. 
I have Ai'otected the piece "by, play- 
ing the 'spoken drama once a year. 
Never would 1 play two "Uncle 
Toms' the same year and never 
would I change the name of the 
company. In this way I prbtected a 
good piece of property and always 
succeeded In selling standing room 
for the past 40 years." 

Described at Universal as one of 
the oldest indie exhibitors in the 
business, Sauvage, who comments 
that he hasn't seen Laemmle per- 
sonally In 26 years, observes about 
the trend of the industry: 

"There is too little attention paid 
to the future in the picture busi- 
ness. The present attitude is to get 
the contracts, get the dates, get the 
money." 



Kid Star Working in 

Chi, Despite Protests 

Chicago, June 11. 
Despite the stringent efforts made 
by city authorities to prevent Davey 
Lee from appearing in B. & K. 
neighborhood houses, screen kid is 
playing the Paradise this week un- 
molested, but will not play the TIv- 

011. 

B. & K. is said to be giving the 
kid a voluntary percentage on busi- 
ness over set figures In the neigh- 
borhood houses. His salary is $3,600 
weekly. 



WABNEBS' NO LAY-OFF 

LiOB Angelees, June 11. 
Although Warner Bros, will finish 
up by Oct. 1 the original schedule 
of 32 pictures for this year, the 
eight which have been added will 
keep the studio busy until the first 
of the year. It means no lay-off. 



TITLES 8 IN 6 WEEKS 

Los Angeles, June 11. - 
Establishing a record for titling 
eight pictures in six weeks at Para- 

H9?JI^,Jff5!?_S_I>?y- JSB?r*®"*> con- 
tract for~"Jo3eph"L. MaiiklewlcZ"" 



Mizner** Relining 

Los Angeles, June 11. 

Wilson Mlzher is having trouble 
with his stomach. He has gone to 
a hospital at Pebble Beach, 300 miles 
from here, where they are trying to 
straighten out his inner lining. 

Condition Is not serious. 



Wednesday, June 12, 19S9 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



foi's Grandeur F3in Kay Sov^ ' 
Find Its Way to ^tended Scretn 



I with the Gaiety, New Tork, and 
L West Coast house In IjOs Angeles 
equipped with the hew model Pow- 
ers projeotins machines, William 

■ T^x Is plannlnff to slowly Inter- 
yreave his grandeur width film with 
standard releases. 

Beciause It will be a considerable 
time before the 70 mm. film will be 

• suitable for the general market, on 
(lcc<>unt of the changes In the pro- 
jection booths, grandeur is not of- 
flelally Incorporated In the Pox 29- 
30 sales plans. 

;] According to reports, enough 
liroduct of the double width will be 
&ade to keep the two coast houses 
' Supplied. It is expected at the Fox 
headqu^ers that installations of 
the now' machines will be gradual 
when the conversion in the filming 
' will be effected. As the demand for 
,70 mm. arises and Increases, It will 
^flect Itself in the film output 

.Musictd comedies are the first to 
be treated with the new dimension. 
So far two have been completed, 
"Words and Music" following Fox's 
"Movietone Follies" which was ex- 
pected to open the Gaiety here, but 
T-as shot Into the Rosy on standard 
size because of a delay In equipping 
the house. 

The new film Is claimed to havo 
required almost as much research 
as the talker technical end. This 
was revealed by a FOxlte In dis- 
claiming that width was at the com- 
-mand of any producer. A' number of 
patented secret lenses are used, in 
the shcidting and projection of 
grandeur, it Is claimed. 

At the Pox offices It Is stated 
/grandeur possesses in addition to 
width many of the eye qualities as- 
sociated with third dimension. 



Oazer Quits Jane 15 
As Patfae Stodio Head 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

Benjamin Glazer will abdicate as 
production he^ of Pathe June 16. 
William Sletrom, general studio 
manager, is to be In charge of stu- 
dio and production in the future. 

It Is understood that Glazer may 
do some personal work for Joseph 
Kennedy when he goes to Europe 
around July 1. Glazer,' white 
abroad, will also do a few chores 
tor Charlie Chaplin on a production 
that the latter la financing in 
Spain. 



RADIO BOOMERANG 

Great States Promises Free Tire 
Covers and is Swamped 



Chicago, June 11. 

With around 60 theatres In Illi- 
nois, Great States broadcast a 
promise over a Chicago station that 
anyone writing In would receive a 
free Great States advertising tire 
cover. ' 

Answers came pouring in from all 
over. Response .has the circuit 
bothered, as the covers cost money 
and won't mean a thing in states 
outside Illinois. 

One fact discovered Is that the 
ordinary citizen is tickled pink to 
carry any sort of theatrical adver- 
tising on his car, giving the Idea he 
Is in the show business. Lietters 
from some were filled with argu- 
ments showing how it would benefit 
the circuit to have a free ad on 
their cars. 



Cuts Schooling Short 

Lios Angeles, June 11. 

Fargo, N. D., lost its best piano 
player and soprano soloist when 
Virginia Bruce left for I,os Angeles 
to seek a flock of education at one 
of the local colleges. 

While waiting for a spot In the 
registry Virginia craved a little 
excitement and applied at Para- 
mount for a job in pictures. She 
■was given an extra bit and two 
days later was signed to a long- 
term contract. 



w. E.'s opinnsK 



That Western Electrlo la 
relying upon exhibitors being 
reliable for day-and-dat« pay- 
ments on their talker equip- 
ment Is witnessed by its new 
credit subsidiary being chris- 
tened: 

E^zhlbltors' Reliance Corpo- 
ration. 



"Variety" for Sunnmer 

Subscribe for "Variety" 
OVER THE SUMMERTIMe 
THREE MONTHS 

FOR $2 



NO R-K-0 DEAL 
ON, SAYS PAR, 
BllTUAISOJL 

Distribution Only for 
United Artists Product 
— Emphatic on Rest 



Of all the deals rumored for 
Paramount, the only one scheduled 
for closing, before the end of the' 
week. Is with United Artists. 

Paramountltes emphatically deny 
any deal with Radio hinging upon 
the return of David SarnofC Friday. 

Conceding that many of Its own 
employees have been Influenced by 
the persistency of reports especial- 
ly In this dlreotlpn, .highest execu- 
tives for the first time are giving 
a reason for this denial. They flat- 
footedly state that a tie-up with 
Radlo-Ketth-Orpheum at "this time 
and forva long period in the fu- 
ture" would be economically un- 
sound. 

One stated: 

'-'We are In a stage of develop- 
ment ourselves and any merger of 
this kind would realize us nothing 
at this time. It 'Is too premature." 

Other than an arrangement to 
supply certain of Its houses with 
Publix units Paramount at no time 
has considered selling out to War- 
ner Bros. The executive who made 
this statement also said: 

"Friends all over the country 
have communicated with me about 
the Warner deal. They have told 
me that they had It on the authority 
of their own brokers who in turn 
got It from Warner sources. I have 
told them all the same thing." 

The United Artists deal calls for 
U. A. product being physically dis- 
tributed by Paramount, and noth- 
ing further. It was stated. The for- 
mal consummation was expected to 
talce place late yesterday (Tues- 
day) afternoon or today (Wednes- 
day). 

U. A. salesmen are said to have 
been called Into New York for a 
i-eetlng yesterday or today (Wed- 
nesday). No purpose given in the 
call. 



Trying to Organize 200 
Ass't Film Directors 



Los Angeles, June 11. 

With the Equity move for studio 
recognition, eKorts are being made 
to unionize Aim assistant directors. 
Organization is going along quietly 
at all studios with the suggestion 
being made to prospects that they 
would eventually be given an af- 
nilatlon with Equity. 

There are about 200 men qualified 
to call themselves assistant direc- 
tors. At the peak oC production 
employment Is found by more than 
half of this number. 



JACK BABBT QUITE ILL 

Atlanta, June 11. 
~"Jack~Barry,-foIlawlne_An.,jiBfirai 
tlon ut St. Joseph's Hospital here 
for appendicitis, took a turn for 
the worse. 

He is constantly attended by two 
nurses night and day. Reaction 
setting In after the operation af- 
fected his heart. 

Too many callers were allowed In 
Barry's room after the operation. 



Scratched Fender Now 
L A. Badger Come-on 

Xoi Angelea, Jum 11. 

Perhaps a Dew comeron to the old 
badger game is being pulled in Hol- 
lywood with the local police receiv- 
ing complaints from a numbeir of 
people who havei been mulcted ol 
sums ranging from |8 to f300. Story 
told by. the vlctlma is always about 
the same. ' 

One of the tired business men 
happens to be parking his car along 
the boulevard when a girl pulls up 
alongside and scrapes his fender. In 
the argument she mokes friends, 
giving him the name of any one- of 
several blonde picture stars. In a 
casual way she eays she'll pay for 
the damages and asks the lad to her 
apartment to talk it over. Usually 
the chimip falls and hops Into her 
cor, leaving his parked. 

Apartment is a coom In a small 
hotel with the old routine followed 
of irate husband, etc 

A check by the police roveals that 
hotel registering is without baggage 
paying for the ' room in advance. 
One chump remembered the auto 
license number. 



Six-Day Free Tickets! 



Omaha, June 11. 

Foe six days last week Bert Help 
at Greely, Nebr., allowed the entire 
town to visit, his film house with- 
out charge. 

Occasion was the celebration of 
the theatre's first anniversary. 



MERCHAMSASK 
PUBLIX UNITS 
BE RETAINED 



Chicago, June 11. 

Announcement of discontinuance 
of locally produced Publix "B" 
units Is being vigorously protested 
In the neighborhoods, of the af- 
fected houses. ' Window cards call- 
ing for a continuance of the stage 
shows . during the summer are 
prominently displayed in all stores 
with surrounding merchants fear- 
ing loss of trade when the de luxe 
houses play straight pictures . only. 

Petitions are also being circulated 
among merchants and residents re- 
questing Publlx to let the stage 
shows remain. There Is no diffi- 
culty In getting signatures. 



First Import^ Talker 
Is ''Kitty/' at Cameo 



The first Imported talking pic- 
ture to have a Broadway presenta- 
tion opened at. the Cameo Sunday 
when "Kitty" was brought In there 
for two or three weeks. 

"Kitty" Is by Warwick Deeping, 
who wrote "Sorrell and Son." 
Principals Include John Stewart and 
Estelle Brody. 



Par Renewals 

IiOS Angeles, June 11. 

Paramount has exercised a num- 
ber of six months' options on writ- 
ers, actors and directors. 

Those who remain with the com- 
pany for that period Include Nancy 
Carroll, Jack Oakle, Virginia Bruce 
and David Newell, players: Eddie 
Sutherland, director; Hans Drier, 
art director; WilllaE. Robson, John 
V, A. Weaver, Howard Eistabrook 
and Walter Butterfleld, writers, and 
James Wilkinson, head film cutter. 



Ilieatres Cooperate With Pdke to 
Keep Rudand IGds Home N*^ 



No Curtailment 



liOS Angeles, June' 11. 

Much talk around about pro- 
duction being curtailed, but 
the best barometer is the raw 
stock dealers. Letter only 
carry a few days' supply on 
hand at any time. . . 

Inqulrj' at the headquarters 
of two of the major dealers re- 
veals that orders are normal 
and there Is no Indication of 
curtailment One concern said. 
It has been requested to have 
additional stock on hand be- 
ginning this week. 



SAMENESSIN 
TALKERS VERY 
BAD,SAY1HGRS. 

All Repeating in 5 Classi- 
fications— -B; p. Feel- 
ing Reaction 



Minneapolis, June 11. 
Managers hers are complaining 
about the sameness of themes, sto- 
ries and central situations In- talk- 
ing pictures. They attribute shrink- 
ing grosses In part to this lack of 
variety. 

It is pointed out that most of 
the talkers are falling Into five gen- 
eral classifications the members of 
which follow the same pattern with 
only slight variations. These, classi- 
fications are trial, prize ring, back 
stage, mystery thriller and under- 
world. A surfeited public Is fed up 
on them, jnanagcrs declare. 

In Minneapolis week before last 
the two ou^tanding talkers, "The 
Duke Steps Out" an.d "The Man I 
Ijove," produced by different com- 
panies, ^^ere prize ring stories with 
a pugilist as the hero and a prize- 
fight as the main situation. ^ 

This week the principal' talkers' 
are "Mary Dugan" arid "Thru Dif- 
ferent Eyes," also the output of 
competing producers,, each with 
courtroom trla) scenes providing 
the principal incidents. 

During the same week were "The 
Rainbow Man," bapk-stage story, 
very similar to "Innocents of Paris," 
"Syncopation" and "The Broadway 
Melody," recent local attractions.. 
The trial pictures came on the heels 
of a host of similar films. 
• Managers are considering a joint 
protest to the producers, they de- 
clare, as the box office reaction is 
becoming, more and more pro- 
nounced. 

. The comparative box office flop of 
such meritorious pictures as "Mary 
Dugan,'' and "The Rainbow Man" 
last week Is attributed partly 
to the fact that the public Tias had 
so much similar film fore during 
recent months. 



"LADY" ALIrCOLOB 

First National win make "The 
Lady In Ermine" an all talklng- 
slnglng-cblor production. 

It Is slated to go Into the works 
in September, 



Alice White's Salary 

Los Angeles, June 11, 
Alice /Whlte^and First National 
are feinting for oh openlng"th"thelr- 
salary dl.spute. Miss White, with 
nine months to go on her present 
salary, has asked for a five-year 
renewal at )1,500. 

Hitch Is that F.N, wants to make 
It $1,000. 

Miss' White's salary under pres- 
ent contract Is (600. 



Par May Retam Menjoo, 
Bnt Not on $90,000 Basis 



Los Angeles, June 11. 
Paramount may keep Adolphe 
Menjou on its pay roll for three 
more pictures. Studio likes , his 
work In "The Concert" and figures 
with Jannlngs off the roster Menjou 
will be okay for the foreign mar- 
ket. Menjou was getting $90,000 a 
picture on his old cont.ract. This 
has been modified and negotiations 
are now for continuance on the new 
basis. 



R<K-0'a 2d Finished 

The second picture on Radio Pic- 
tures schedule for '29-'30 has been 
nnlSHcdr ThoT)lcture-ls~tltled-!'Half 
Marriage," featuring Olive Borden, 

"Half Marriage" was adapted 
from George Klbbe Turner's maga' 
zine story, "Companionate." Oscar 
Levant and Sidney Clare wrote two 
theme songs for the picture, "It's 
All of Her," arid "After the Clouds 
RoU By." 



Rutland, Vt., June 11. 

Rutland theatre managers are co- 
operating with the ' local police' in 
the < enforcement of an old ourfew 
ordinance. It requires children un- 
der 16 to be in the house at 9 in 
the evening. 

Thie nianagers' co-operation with 
the John Laws extends to the ex- 
clusion of youngsters, from theatres, 
unless accompanied by elders. 

The law has been on the books 
for years, but In the past dozen 
has. not been enforced. 

A preliminary signal Is eiven at 
Si SO, when three blasts are sounded 
on a siren mounted atop the central 
fire station. Heretofore, this signal 
was sounded only for a testing of 
the. alarm system and for the pur- 
pose of giving those who carry 
watches a chance to check their' 
timepieces. 

Only exceptions to the curfew 
rule are' children having evening' 
employment or on errands, the na- 
ture of which must be explained in 
writing. 

Rutland's chief of coppers has or- 
dered the bluecoats to bring to the 
station house any child picked up' 
after 9 and to have a record made 
of the offense. Parents are then 
notified. Second offense brings a 
fine of )6 on the parents. 

Strict enforcement of the old law' 
is' believed to have been ordered as 
a result of opinions by doctors and 
complaints by laymen that with ' 
daylight saving children are per- - 
mitted to remain out too late at - 
night. ' 



Bnshman Owes Ex-Wife 
$60,000 in Alimony 



Baltimore, June 11. 
Fiancls X Bushman won a court, 
victory here when'contempt of court 
proceedings pending against the film 
actor wer# dismissed by Judge Ous 
Grason In Baltimore County Circuit- 
Court at Towson. The pro'ceedlngs 
resulted from charges of Bushman's 
failure to pay alimony to his former 
wife, Mrs. Josephine F. Bushman, 
The dismissal was in conformity 
with a recent ruling of the Court of 
Appeals. The former Mrs. Bush- 
man claimed that the film actor was 
$60,000' In sirrears in alimony pay- 
ments. 

In dismissing the contempt pro- 
ceedings, the judge ordered the is- 
suance of a writ of scire fades, re- 
quiring Bushman to show^ausia on 
or before Aug. 1 why the original 
decree should not be revived as to 
the amounis now due and payable 
to the former Mrs. Bushman. 



Bugs Baer Falls 



Bugs Baer will leave the Friars 
Sunday for Hollywood. He will 
write the story surrounding Van 
and Schenck In their full length 
baseball picture for Metro-Gold- 
wyn-Mayer. 

The contract, placed , through Nat 
Phillips, calls for Bugs on the 'Coast 
for three months at least It will 
not interfere with his dally news- 
paper syndicated column of humor. 



Open-Air Talker Over 



What is believed to be the flrfst 
open-air theatre film talker pres- 
entation was attempted by Loew's 
at its Burland Open Air Gar^jens, 
adjoining the Burland theatre, in 
the Bronx. 

The Experiment was successful. 
Though the open air theatre seats 
2,000 and the rear seats are 150 feet 
from the screen, music and dialog 
were heard distinctly. 
. Dolly theatre, In same borough, la 
wiring Its open air roof garden 
theatre. 



^ Wm. Fox Due Back 

William Fox is due back at his 
Now /York office during this week. 
He has been away, recovering from 
a slight ailment. 



G Q S ?rXJM E3. 



■XPLOITATIONfl 
PBSSBNTATipNa 



. cosTiiAAe:& _ . 



VARIETY 



FOR E I G N 



Wedntedajr, June 12, 1929 



London Chatter 



irlcal trusts will put talklnK motion 
pictures on tho air within Ave years. 



London, June 8. 
Fred and Adele Astalre in thie 
talkers! That's the gist of what] Same Over Here 

hoii tn nav In Adele'a dreaslnK The Official receiver and liquidator 
they had to say In Adele s areasinB i ^ the KIt-Kat Club has filed noUce 
room at the Winter Garden election t<, the creditors that he intends to 
Ulght. "Funny Face" Is expected to apply for a discharge in bankruptcy 
niBHi. ru y F for the concern. His report states 

continue lu run until August, ana assets of :the company were 
then the most popular song-and- covered by debentures, and that the 

. hniipd from receiver for the debenture holder^ 

dance team that re there is no prospect of any 

America are going to head straight l^^J becoming available for. the 
for Hollywood. Fred says they have benefit of the unsecured creditors, 
already had offers from three of the 

big American producers, but so far ^^^^ ygarol 

they have not closed with any. | jj,^ Victoria Palace is altering ita 

policy commencing next week with 
'Funny Face'' ls| a full show as an attraction instead | 



The success of , 

one of those amazing *!''|;f ^^^^^hV^ng'^n will be Grade Fields in 
defy explanation, f '"'Jj./f"®! "The Show's the Thing" «id the 
months neither the show "self (nor 1^^^^.^^ double the regular box oiBce 
the Astalres) has had so much !as a gj,^^ pjg^t and two 

line In a single l,ondon .newspaper — | matinees weekly. / 
outside of the usual announcement 
In the advertising columns. 




For fully three^..^^^ »„„ ™, ^qMEN RIDERS IN FETE 

Squadron A Armory's . Liadles' 
Class ANNUAIiL COSTUBfE RIDE 
- , Mls'rPlerdT'is a big favorite at I was an tinusu^ly colorful exhl- 
To that house and the predicUon Is the biUon of graceful horsemanship, 



'^re'ta' observers it has looked as I experiment will be successful. Book-I Patronesses, the creme de la 
irt;e%=Tsome0.ingslnl^^^^^^ 

a^'s^nL^^TernVm^^reTe"J 

has gone on doing 'near-capacity at 
every performance! 



Thli^gs are slowly improving he're- 
abouts-^so ' far as Americans are 
"There's no mystery about iC concerned. It is possible now — in 
explained Fred, when asked what certain, high-class places — to get ice 
the matter was. "First of all the I water! 
show's press agent goes on the the-. • 
ory that 'the least said the soonest ■ moat dlfBcult thing to do 

mended'— or something equally i^ndon still continues to be— 
quaint. In fact, I believe he w*™™ compelling the waiter to bring the 
that for 'Funny Face' to be talked Uj^r 
about In the dailies, would be most 
undignified. The amount of it Is 
'that the management made a packet 
out of the first six months' run of 
the piece and— with the people com- 
ing as strong as ever at the end of 
this period— they decided to spend 
as little money as possible. After 



BIETBR DAVIS* ORCHESTRA led 
by the inimitable JOE MOSS, 



London as It Looks 

- By Hannea Swaffer 

London, "June 3, 

J. L. Sachs, who Is grievously surprised that the Lord Chamberlain wil| 
not license "Congai," which he found in Baltimore, was sent a play by 
•W. J. Drawbelli. who, I believe, is the editor of the Sunday Chronicle, 
and who Is a young man used to butting In. 

He has just written a novel called "This Tear, Next Tear," and It waa 
a play of the same name, I understand, that he rushed to Sacks by 
means of his dramatic critic, Reginald Simpson, the other day. 

Anyway, Tom Reynolds, who reads, Joe Sacks' plays for him, said some-* 
thing about "This year, next year." 

"What does that mean?" asked Joe. 

"Tou know, 'Some time, never*," explained Tom Reynolds. 
"I don't know what you mean," said Sacks. 



The Secret of the Cherries 

Reynolds explained that "This year, next year, some time, never," was 
when you ate cherries and wanted to know when you were going to get 
married. 

"How do you do it?" said Sacks, most curious, 

*!WeJI, the next time you go to the Savoy," said Reynolds, "and they 
have cherries, buy some, count the stones, and then you'll know." 

Sacks went down to the Savoy, ordered cherries and was told there 
were none. When, a few nights later, however, Reynolds was in the 
Savoy, he sent word to Sacks that there was cherry pie, so he could try 
it then. 

Sacks ordered some cherry pie and started to count, but th6 cherries 
had been stoned. * 
So he doesn't know even yet whether he is to be a bridegroom or not. 



Berlin 



London IfipV SeardT 



By C. Hooper Trask 



Berlin, June 2. 
Ranaiaaanee. — '.'The Sacred 
Flame," by Somerset Maugham. Ef- 
fective melodrama jumped on by the 
press. Called It a camoufiage mys- 
tery play with hokum psychology. 



iTl wh-y'Shouid Ad-ele and I bother I 

*L'-J7^y.*'i£.-?_f;i„w„" Garden June 29, cannot p^'e^ mdiard, Prinzlska Klnz apd 

move to the Hippodrome as antici- | sjizabeth Lennartz. 
pated. Winter Garden has a clause 

in their agreement specifying that | Skala 



about It? We can't ask for any bet- 
ter business th^n We're doing," 



Noel Pleases the Children 

Oh, talking of Sacks, reminds me that it is announced in the papers 
this week that, at this year's Theatrical Garden Party, Noel Coward Is 
to do something dressed as a woman, 

I 'can scarcely credit it, but I suppose it is one of those brain waves 
that only a young genius would get. 

Pantomime dames have gone out of fashion. They were vulgar. It 
was red-nosed koshary and went out with the worship of beer. In this 
cocktail age of painted lips, pulled-out eyebrows and witless plays, 
(Continued on page 68) 



-FVom^now on,V she began, "Fred show may not play any other LOn- After Grock, the SkaJa hopes to 

and I ^e going to live the life of don house. conUnue its series of clown suc- 

Bellly in a home of our own in Bev- McanwhUe Hip Is negotiating with cesses ^y^J}f^"fl ^X^J' ^ 
erly Hllls-and leave Broadway to L,ther attractions now current. 

nz.tx^i^.>y''t^rtXr^^^^ c'"**"™" th, ^L|:s"d«on»uf^^^^^^ 

Md"lto?r?*ItaDt\ool^*us'*ove^^ Desjtlte daily press dentals of Va- r Captain RoUs cUmbs a ladder not 

M-O-M pidnt. I was all for leaping riety's story that the Hip will go fastened^to the ground and Performs 
in then and there, but Rapf »»'«ed tolker, installatipn of Clnephone wiU a ^hMdstMd on^^ 
as to hold our horses. .completed lii time for a trade 5?!^ " ^b^« sSritM Ind Pere 

" 'A year from now,' said he. WU U„^o„3t,^U„„ j„„e .24, with a te^^S^p'^tS^S^s acrosf " 
a Ts'ti ^^re^e'Zl "su"^. -und policy likely if s uccessful. '^^^^ ^^'"^ 



Chappefls Sold 



London. June 11. 

Louis Sterling, of Columbia 
Gramophone, and Louis Dreyfus, 
head of tlie Harms Music Publish- 
ing Co., have purchased the^con- 
trdlllng Interest in Chappells, Eng- 
lish music publishing company. 

The buy includes a large piano 
business and considerable real es- 
tate. 



Lya 
act— 



and Wolf are^ the- usual trapeze a^ 
no novelty, but fair opener. 
_ Eduardowa Ballet included two 

•BLACKBIBOS" IULD I male dancers with something Indl- 

i»o,i<. i,,^^ 11 . vidual. Joe Miller did nothing \o 
.. » 1 • dent Reso'a popularity, 

n ♦ l„ 1 Blackbirds," American colored Extraordinary success was the 

The Astalres have a nat in uros- ghow, opened Friday night at tl>e LcrobaUc act of Brick, Koroin and 
Tenor House in Park Ia^^^ Particularly 
newest and most lux^^^ Despite the speed and hot the negro. Salem, went over 

Sdvertis^ tt'^IS. mo"; l^e Ne*J, Uncopatlon of the show, its future strongly. 

York's ftrk Lane (Ave.) apartment Is in the balance. i 
houses than anything on this side of Hot colored 8tu« Is a bit over .. "C"!?""";"""*" ^"^^^^ 

water, Grosvenor House. In th^l heads of the natives and with I "I>»e Kameradschaftsehe (Con 



Walt until we can make a really 
worthwhile picture before you sign 
np with anybody.' So we decided to 
wait" 



point of fait, is sadly tacking in oneLvbrythlng m English the French «°'d^>-^^^f«"!^^ 

management asking tenants to sign • . 
80-year leases— there Isn't one fiat will be limit 
In the building with a kitchen! I£| 
you wont to eat in your own home 



EGYPT 

By EDWARD ASSWAD 

Cairo. May 26. 
The last theatrical season was 
particularly brilliant at Alexandria. 
But as the season was not of such 
Importance as expected for the ele- 
vated standard. Bettlno ConegUano 
prepared to fill up this gap for this 
year. He requested the Alexandria 
municipality to give him a subsidy 
of 4.000 Egyptian pounds, with a 
view to enabling him to organize n 
"veritable opera season," comprising 
minimum of 40 representations 
with the complete troupe of the 
Royal of Cairo. 



you give your order to the floor 
waiter— and the meal Is prepared 
in the basement precisely as It 
would be In a hotel. 



Krause ridiculously primitive. Un 
believable such junk should be 
brought out at a Berlin first-run, 
Ernst 'Verebes evidently paid little 
attention to the director, and, there- 
fore, delivered a few scenes that 
registered. But Sybil Peach and 



Fund for Corri 

Eugene Corrl, veteran prize- I ;;;,J^(''j^^^^ SchrSdert" 
»0^rnSw'°^.^;'°s'llbrc/lS2^^^^^^^ J. Bomfleld, Madeleine Keltic, 
sportsmen who are deterrolr"^ 
Gene— now 70 — shall have no 



AMERICANS ABBOAS 

Paris, June 2, 

In_Parls: P. Lubochutz, P. Roche, loiarFford let fhemselves be snowed 
~ ' • ^ "'•^ ■^ under by the megaphone wlelders' 
Incompetency. 



W. C. Bright, Prof. Robert Hatch, 
Mrs; Margaret Proctor Sflalth, 
Ernest Schelllng, James Quirk and 



"Peter the Sailor" 
Peter der Matrose" (Suedfllm) 

,„v.vv„ = , I KiBin TjLwnon Frajik Harline iRelnhold Schuenzel. after years of 

sportsmen who are determined that ii'isie j.AWSon, ifrajiK jnaning. i 

- e no woiTles Jascha Helf etz and wife (Florence ■ ^nd do a little characterl 

in the remaining years _of his life, | vldor), Oscar Hammerptejn^ Harvey [nation. Present no great beans, but 

at least discreetly directed and 

played. 

It concerns a sailor who once 
knew better times. His wife had 
forged his name, to help an apparent 
lover. To keep her out of prison 
Peter stole the money necessary to 
cover the check and shipped as 



has stumbled onto, a new one. For ofllcer. Dr. Mario Maraflotl, Nor- 
years the old fellow has been get- nj^n Hapgood, Ruth Draper, 
ting his mall at the Natlonol Sport- 



ing Club. But recently he took a 
flat a long way away from the West 
End and decided It would be Incon- 
venient to make the Journey to, the 
N. S. C. every day for his mall. So 



LAVESNE IN PASIS SEASON 

Paris, June 11. 
Wendell Phillips Dodge's Amerl- 



he went Into a branch post ofllce can. company will open its Paris common sailor, Coming Into port 



near his new quarters and filled out Lg^^n June 21 with "Sun Up," star 
the regulation change-of-address i LudUe LaVeme. 
form. 

When after 10 days, Corrl had re 
celved no letters forwarded from 
the N. S. C, he went around to the 
club and discovered BO or more that 
had accumulated there In the Inter 
val. Inquiry of the post office of- 
flcials eventually elicited a formal 
letter cxjllng his attention to Rule 
26. Subdivision E. Paragraph Five, 
which reads In substance that In the 
.case of you receiving mall at an ad- 
dress at which others receive -their 
■ mail, the post office cannot under- 
take to forward such moll! If that 



my. DASH RENEWS 

Liondon.. June 11 

Irwin Dash, professional mana- I present husband, but discovers the 
ger for Lawrence Wright, music, man for whom sho forged the check 



he finds he has won a contest for 
suggesting the name of a new cigar. 
As reward he gets two weeks In a 
Swiss hotel. 

There he finds his wife now mar 
rled to a young millionaire. Peter 
plans to disclose her past to her 



publisher, has renewed his. con- 
tract with that firm for three years. 



was not her lover, but her brother. 
He goes out of her life. 

Will carry along on the star'i 
popularity, 

"Skt Bandits" 

"Scheeschuh Bandlten" (Norwe 
glan Super). Silly little story made 



SOBEL'S JEWEL THEFT 

Paris. June 11 . . 

„ „ , , Cecil Sorel has caused the arrest palatable by the beouty of the seen 

rule were In force in the New Tork , charles Schwartz whom she ery In which It plays. Norwegl.nn 
Tjost-xfflce what a~fine-mesB-they~ttJ ™ 

Te In, say. the Woolworth BulldinT] ^alnei at MOfiOO U^vantoge of Norway's winter land 

francs. 



on and after ariy May 1, 



Bob Sherwood, former editor of 
*Llfe," Is living at Tolshbt Farm 
rear Godalmlng,- Writing a novel. 
Staying there until Augdst and flg- 
■lUres to come back and stay for good. 



BUSSIAN OFEBA FOB U. S. 

Paris, June 11, 

. , Sol Hurok is assembling a troup 

Lunched by a bunch of "^wspaper l ^j^- repertoire of pieces with the 



, ; l^aa at the Savpy. Bob Mid t^^^^^^^ intention of giving a season of Rus 
SXTffir^ ^^U^'m"*^- I Bian opera In America next fall. 



scape. 

.Ski Jumper is In love with the 
daughter of a railway president 
Father Is not enthusiastic about the 
match as .the young man seems 
good-for-nothing, influenced by his 
daughter, he gives him a chance In 
tho press department. 
. As on advertising stunt the young 
fellow stages a hold-up on the com- 
peting railway'. This has its effect 




GOING TALKER 



"Singinff Fool" Booked^ 
Vaude, Burlesque as 
Stop-Gap 



Professor Joseph Huttel, resident 
of Alexandria, has been awarded 
the coveted Elizabeth Coolldge prize 
for 1929 (In addition to the sum of 
200 Egyptian pounds) for his "1^1- 
vertlssements Grotesque," composi- 
tion for the fiute, haut bols, clari- 
net, cor, bassoon and piano. The 
Elizabeth Coolldge prize la a com- 
petition for composers of all nations, 
held In the Library of Congress At 
Washington, U. S. A. 



London, June 11. 
The Stoll vaudeville houses in 
London, with the exception of the 
Coliseum and the Alfiambra will 
open when the wiring has been 
completed _wlth "The Singing Fool," 
turning to^sound pictures, but with 
reservations. 

Intention is not to follow a fixed 
policy of talking pictures, but rather 
to operate on a mobile plan, playing 
vaudeville, burlesque other weeks 
and talkers again, according to the 
attractions available. 

Leicester Palace will be the next 
house to go into the sound -sight 
entertainment. 

Application before the London 
County Council by Sir Oswald Stoll 
for permission to open the Coliseum 
and Alhambra on Sundays with 
talking pictures is being fought by 
the Lord's Day Observance Society 
on the grounds that tho proposed 
openings on Sunday, Christmas Day 
and Good Friday Is contrary to stat- 
ute law. 



An amusing performance of Ber- 
nard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" 
was given at Connaught House. Air 
of novelty was Introduced by all the 
roles, being taken by ladles, Dr. 
Jackson and her friends. Mabel 
Barnes as Bluntschll made the most 
of the task of production within the 
limits of a narrow stage. Dr. Jack 
son (Ralne) kept up the romantic 
sentiment with a clever contrast to 
her being the quiet Insolence of 
Miss D. M. Keath as Louka. Miss 
K. H. Stocks (Serglus) seemed to 
be very much at her ease with mas 
cultne attire and moustache; and If 
all majors are as genial as Mrs. 
Harvey (Petkoff), service in the 
Bulgarian Army must be popular. 
Much Ingenuity In tho background 
and atmosphere. 



Eric Seddon and company In an- 
nual play at the Margherlta Hall at 
Port Said entitled "The Whole 
Town's Talking," American farce. 
Principal roles done very well by 
E. Milton and H. J. Reeves. l,atter 
did a burlesque of Charlie Chaplin 



Ambassadeur Loses Bobbie 

, — , — ParlSr-June-ll.,: — 

Bobble Arnst Is out of the Am- 
bnssadeur show. 



and helps business on the railway 
he Is working for. So the father 
gives In and they are married. 

ISgede. NIessen still remains 
splendid actress, even ' it she Is get 
ting a llttle'on In years, Paul Rich 
ter is the male lead. Trmk. 



Paris Chatter 



Paris, June 2. 
It is estimated that more than 
6,000 persons will be thrown out of 
work If the American film distribu- 
tors pack up and leave this city as 
they have said they will do if tho 
contingent is continued. More than 
3,000 exhibitors or practically all 
have registered against the quota 
system. Tet the few producers who 
want the enforced export law man- 
age to keep the French government 
er.ibarrasaed with further wrangling 
over how it is to be introduced. 



English players are doing so well 
they have added three matinees to 
their performances next week. 



Two music establishments here 
are fighting over who made the first 
musical saw. Fratelllnl Brothers will 
be called as witnesses as they are 
believed to be the first persons In 
this country to have drawn a tune 
from the tool. 



Derby in Sound 

~~ " London, June^^^" 
Three units. Pox, Pathe and Gau- 
mont, made sound-films for the 
news reels at this year's Derby. A. 
Tally, In charge of the Fox Movie- 
tone trucks, using four at various 
points on the course. On the job 
for Gaumont Graphic, Keith Ayling, 
former film critic of Dally Sketch, 
who joined Gaumont as Graphic edi- 
tor this week. Pathe Gazette outfit 
cared for by Harry Sanders, 



Wednesday,. June .12, .1929 



FOROGN FULM NEWS 



/ARIETY 



9 



Briti^ Fdin Cos, Floated 
On Quota Law Prospects Now 




London, June 11. 

Reoreantzatlon of the directorates 
of a number of film producing con- 
cerns floated on public subscrip- 
tions, spurred by prospects under 
the quota law, are coming into print 
even earlier than anticipated. 

With flAancial reports coming out 
Treekly and most of them showing 
fL, pai state of aftalris, It has been 
foreseen that there would be dras- 
tic changes In the managements. 

Som.e of the principal changes In 
personnel ^re as follows: 

TJie • . British & . Foreign Co. 
,'fhangeS(,it3 chairman, Sir Charles 
Wilson retiring In favor .of Andrew 
Solt, chairman of several cotton 
i^nd artificial silk producing conr 
cerhs. Added to the board are 
Norman Drake, managing director 
«t the Founder's Trust and invest- 
ment Co., and Henry TrAnson, wejl 
known engineer and Industrial sci- 
ence auth'orlty. 

British Fllmcraft Co. has lost 
Percy Garratt and Charles Sugden, 
both on the board' of Vocallon- 
Gramophone, while George Gros- 
bmlth' afiA Robert Humphries orb 
stepping oiit. George Pearson, head 
of BHtlsh ' Screen Productions and 
the recently formed International 
Talking Screen Productions, Joins 
the bosfd. Other new faces in the 
fllrectorate are Sir William O'Con- 
nor, head of If^rench, British and 
Foreign Trust, and George Banfleld, 
who. moves from his former post of 
production manager to that of 
managing director. 

The new board holds its flrst 
meeting today,' and hint has been 
given that it may bring about the 
.absorption of British. Filnicraft into 
the International Talking Co. 



British Film Field 



: (Continued from page 2) 

fng made a few Dartmoor sequences^ 
for "The Escape.'' ■ . 

A. C. Blumenthal of the. Fox Thei. 
aires got in on the "Leyiathan" this 
week and John C. Graham of Para- 
mount sails on the same boat June 
2. Going over for the Paranffount 
convention at St. Louis. 



• This Revival 

Picture business pretty bad here, 
too, with the warm spell and the 
election. But tho rew . hundred 
houses wired are doing well in most 
cases, almost up to best winter busi- 
ness. Astoria has played almost to 
cnpaclty with "Singing Fool'* In Its 
flrst week of wiring. So has the 
Stoll with "Weary River." dropping 
Its stage acts, but keeping In the 
orcliestra. TlvoU still standing up 
well with "Show Boat," but the New 
Empire has slid a shade this week 
with '.'Broadway Melody," though 
business Is still good. Piccadilly, 
which opened this 27th with "Divine 
Lady," synchronized, is doing better 
business than It did with "Noah's 
Ark," but the Palace with "Moth.: 
er's Boy," though holding in the fllm 
for the second week, is not doing 
much business. 

Another West End House 

A. E. Abrahams, who recently 
bought the Golders Green Ltdo and 
resold It to Maxwell's Associated 
British Cinemas Co., is after build- 
ing a large house on Shaftesbury 
avenue and Rupert street, couple of 
blocks from Piccadilly Circus. Go- 
ing to call it the Florida, and have 
It decorated like Palm Beach, only 
more. 



Voice Doubles 

Shine here over Laura La Plante 
and "Show Boat." Because Dally 
Express printed a story Eva Eva- 
lotti ghosted for Laura. And Emily 
Fltzroy declares that Impugns her 
honesty, as she has told from the 
stage wherever "Show Boat" has 
been shown how Laura really did 
sing these songs. 

I,ars Hanson playing in a talker 
here Is having his dialog ghosted by 
"Uncle Jefl" of the British Broad- 
casting Co. Betting is public, will 
tumble, as the uncle Is familiar on 
.the air. 

Carlton Theatre and Films 

Clayton and Waller ran In United 
Artists "Perfect Alibi" May 31, and 
-it— look.s— llke,Jthls,.li(Jiise__wlH. .stay 
talker for a wliUe, as Uriiversal's' 
"Broad\vay" Is following In pretty 
soon.. 

Rumor the Savoy theatre, from 
Vhlcb "Journey's End" is being 
transferred next week, is to be wired 
for talkers. It wouldn't be surprls- 
Ing. If several West End legit houses 
>vent dark fQr a spell this summer, 
ns usual and made out the time get- 
ting tulUef eiuipment installed. 



FYench Quota Reaches 
Floor of U. S. Senate 

Washington, June 11. 
Producers' flght, via State Depart- 
ment, tb tear down the barriers be- 
ing raised abroad against American 
Alms reached the floor of the Sen- 
ate Friday lasL Senator Samuel M. 
Shortr!dge (R.), Calif., Informed the 
upper legislative body of the at- 
tempts of the French, in- particular, 
and that country's proposed four-to-: 
.one .quota. . 

. Senator Shortridge's remarks de- 
velop.?(J Into quite a controversy ty- 
ing in , with the present tariff bill 
now being formed and the opposi- 
tion to that measure Ci'om several 
sources. Senator William H, King 
(D,), Utah, led this atUck and 
stated that before the Shortrldge 
resolution, which calls for the Stat^ 
Department to furnish the Senate 
■with an correspondiance leading to- 
lls recent protest, was considered, 
he wished tb propose an amendment 
tb It. 

' 'Meanwhile the State Department; 
has instructed the American Am- 
bassador to inform the French gov-i 
ernment' that If the four-to-one 
thing goes . through the American 
industry will withdraw its fllm. An 
actual boycott. 

If the- American producers accept- 
ed the proposed quota it would 
mean, judging on American fllms 
shown in France last year, over 70 
French pictures would have to be 
purchased and distributed in the 
United States. An Impossibility, ac- 
cording to the distributors here. 

As anticipated, the other coun- 
tries receiving the protest are mark- 
ing : time awaiting action from; 
France, Two .are elirninated .for at 
least another year, Spain and 
Czecho-Slovakla. In the flrst named 
the various Spanish producers have 
submitted the requested reports to 
their government with the great 
majority of the ns^tlve producers 
stating no quota system was de- 
sired. 

As to Czecho-Slovakla, tiie situa- 
tion has ■passed ovei' to the next 
parliament session. 

Hungary has the State Depart- 
ment guessing 'n that a 30-lo-l 
quota was supposed to become ef- 
fective In that country May 1 last. 
If didn't, and the government here 
Is not advised as to what the Hun- 
garian officials now Intend doing. ' 



Mencao Protest Against 
English Talker Dialog 



Mexico City, June 2. 

El Universal, one of the leading 
dallies of Mexico City, has started 
a campaign against the American 
talking fllms. A front page edi- 
torial labeled "For the national lan- 
guage" was really an open letter to 
President Portes GII asking to pro- 
hibit the showing of talking fllms 
with dialog in English. 

It is claimed the showing of Eng- 
lish speaking fllms will damage the 
Spanish language and will tend to 
make It disappear in the future. 

. They advocate the sound fllms, 
but when fllm has dialog In Eng- 
lish, It should be cut out and Span- 
ish dialog Inserted, or if not, then 
plain Spanish titles as heretofore. 

It Is a lot of publicity for "Sing- 
ing Fool," as this is the only talker 
shown so far in Mexico, where the 
only ■ wired house Is the Teatro 
Olimpla. In the program figure also 
three talking shorts. 



H'DONALD ON BEWSBEEL 

London, June 11. - 
British Movietone filmed and re- 
corded Prime (Minister .Ramsay 
MacDonald and his cabinet at 10 
Downing street Monday. 



LTONS-CABBEBAS BACK 

London, June 11. 
Edward Lyons and Alfred Car- 
reras who built the Lido theatres, 

■later— aold-Xo-a,jyjiflicat6i_aiS_J!!ai 
entering theatre operation. 

New circuili has a $6,000,000 build- 
ing-schedule, all houses to be wired. 
First opens shortly at 'Brixton, 
Astoria. 

Charles Ponley, now with 
Warners at the Piccadilly, will be 
general manager of the new cir- 
cuit 




JAY MILLS 

First Eastern appearanoe as. Mas-, 
ter of - Ceremonies at Stanley; 
Theatre, Jersey City, N. J. Many 
thanks to my friends, Paul Ash, 
Boris Morris, Harry CruU. and. 
, My Personal Representative 
PHIL TYRELL 



By C. Hooper Trask 



Berlin, June 2. : 
Mady Christians has been engaged! 
by the National Fllm, the German 
branch of Warner Brothers. She' 
will star in a silent based on the 
French farce by 'Vemeuil called ''My 
Sister and I." Manfred Noa is di*. 
reeling. It is planned to synchrb-' 
nlze the. picture later, and'. ad(| sbpife; 
dialog passages by the star' tn boih 
German and English. Mls3 Chris- 
tian's English is - very amusing. 



One of the largest American talker 
producers has made an offer to the 
leading German play broking firm 
which controls most of the' big 
Viennese and ' fierlln' operetta com- 
posers. The Americans are willing 
to buy out the Germans Completely 
to obtain the rights of several com- 
posers for synchronization. 

German Authors-' Association Is 
worked up about the affair and is 
taking steps to prevent the sale. 

Edwin Schmidt, for some years 
the head of the United Artists' dis- 
tribution In Germany, left , today; 
His retlrem«Ait was mside necessary 
by the new affiliation between 
United and Terra. 



Mark Roland, composer and con- 
ductor, has been engaged, by the 
Ufa as general supervisor Of th'e 
musical end of Ufaton, us sound 
and dialog product. 

Stealing a Title 

The Europalsche Film Produktlon, 
Willi, Lehmann, hearing aoout tho 
success of the "Singing Fool" an- 
nounced the production In Gercian.v 
of a dialogue picture called "Der 
Singende Tor." As "fool" can also 
be translated "Narr" . there was 
nothing for Warners to do but to 
call their picture "Der singende 
Narr." They tried to get out an in- 
junction against th» Europoiache, 
but without success as the German 
Ann was technically in the right. 

Now the Europalsche can go out 
and buy a scenario and engage ac- 
tors and a director to fit their title. 

Ludwlg Scheer, new president of 
the German Exhibitors Ass'n., has 
joined the board of directors of the 
International Exhibitors Union. This 
will mean that Scheer Intends to 
take a more active Interest in inter- 
national fllm matters than did his 
predecessor. 

At the present moment 18 features 
are being cranked in Berlin stu- 
dios and four-fifths are completely 
silent. 



First dialog fllm which Emit Jan- 
nlngs is making for Ufa Is coming 
out under Erich Pommer's super- 
vision. Karl Zuckmayer, one Of the 
most popular of German dramatists, 
is working on the scenario. 

Ufa's Sound Films 
Ufa's sound production Is being 
brought out under the general name 
of Ufaton and Is being synchronized 
by Klangfllm, the German Arm 
backed by Siemens and Halske, big 
electrical corporation. It is announc- 
.fid_tiijOLML.JJfajiupe_r8 willbe made 
100 per cent sound" an3"lha{"oEHefS 
win also contain sound effect and 
music. For every Ufa fllm an Inde- 
pendent silent version will be turn- 
ed out. What thfr Ufa does not make 
clear In its announcement . is 
whether they are producing any 100 
per cent dialog pictures. 

Jo« May will supervise Uf ow^ 



Washington's Stsmd on French 
Quota Row Staggers Americans 



Blattner Claims Much 
For New Fibn System 



London, June 11.. 

Ludwlg Blattner, GernVarf inven- 
tor, just returned to London from 
Berlin. leaves In July for America 
to confer with ofilclals of Eastman's. 

Blattner Is said to have a com^ 
plete new system of picture projec- 
tion and .sound reproducing.. It will 
eliminate celluloid prints and- most 
of the mechanical requirements' of 
fllms, ts the clalm^ 

Sound recordinlg on steel wires' 
joined with a steel band cantalnlng 
the pliotography with screen lit 
from sta^e and film and sound pro- 
jected simullaneously by electro-- 
magneliam. 

Present type projectors can he 
used but with incandescent light 
and roneclor now employed entirely 
omillcdi EUmlnallon of fire hazards,' 
indefinite preservation of fllm and 
voice records, claimed. 

From the producing end the Blatt- 
ner system Is said to provide for de-; 
magnetizing, any . portion, of -the 
sound strip in case of faulty record- 
ing 'SO that it' Oia'n be re-recorded 
without scrapping. 

Not to stop at half-way accom 
pllshments' th& Gernian inventor 
states h<^' expects' tS KiA' color 
photography to the other things the] 
wonder machine .can perform. He 
will give a demonatratlon in London 
shortly when his equipment arrives 
from' Berlin. 

If Blattner's claims are substan- 
tiated it win mean the entranbe of 
the steel industry Into the film busi- 
ness. Blattner Is now afllllated 'vylth' 
Herbert Wilcox In a sound studies at 
Els'tree. 



Havana Chatter 



Havana, June 8. • 
Talking films are Invading the 
country. Fourth wired . bouse in 
Cuba will be Saenger's Principal,, 
Camaguey. Opens with sound June 
17. 



Installation at the Prado, Havana, 
Is under "way for the opening at the 
end of this Month. G. Sandofe of 
New York Is the sbund 'engineer li^ 
charge of this Installation. The 
equipment is Type D. for fi^m an^ 
disc. This new theatrical circuit in- 
tends to Install six more eqiitp- 
inents in Havana. RCA Photo-, 
phones. 



Robert L. Ripley Is In town. Ar- 
rived from Guatemala and Honduras 
where he gathered material for a 
new book. 



J. Fernandez, Jr., is the new man- 
ager of Fausto. Formerly with 
Saenger in Mississippi and New 
Orleans. 



Nght clubs dead now. Only places 
doing business, and not much, are 
the roadhouses. Chateau Madrid 
and Summer Casino. Later also 
gambling and jal-alal. In the city 
proper only two are open, Maxim 
and Inflemo. 



A wire brought to Marrion Fer- 
rera, mgr. El Encanto, sad ne-ws, 
His mother passed away June 3 at 
his home In New Orleans. 



THE WHY 

London, June 11, 
"Le Coq D'or," polyglot entertain- 
ment by Russians, modeled after 
the "Chauve Sourls," opened last 
night at Daly's. 

Latter house is for sale and needs 
a tenant. Otherwise attraction 
would hardly have gotten Into the 
West End. 



productions at the Ufa this year, 
bringing out three specials. 

Nine New Houses 
Nine picture houses are now. un- 
der construction by tho Ufa. . Tiie 
first to be oriened will be the new 
Ufa Palast at Mainz, seating l,'<iOO. 
At Frankfurt the new hoiise will ac- 
commodate li^Forsf SfettiaT.tsorJrt 

Erfurt 1,200; 

An enormous theatre is nearing 
completion in Hamburg. This will 
he one of the largest in Germany 
and deluxe throughout. It will hold 
over 8.000. The other houses are 
being built in Neu-Kolln, Stuttgart; 
Bremen and Lausanne. Switzerland, 
All win be wired- 



P»xri:j, Jane H; 

Bottom hns drpppoj out of the 
nlm fight as a result of Hpnry.L. 
Stimson, U. S. Secretary ot State, 
withdrawing from the quota wran- 
gle. Stimson's statement wa.-i pub- 
lished here Sunday and wa.t to tlie 
effect that the State Department 
Isn't taking part In the conversa- 
tion, but merely acting as inter- 
mediary in transmitting develop- 
ments on contingent proposals. 

The declaration lert me Ameri- 
cans here gasping. They had vche- 
'mently declared to the French trat^e 
and to Frenoh ofllciali) on ntimerqqs 
occasions .pf . late that the vrhoie 
matter ■was out of titelr. hands and 
■was being negotiated by 'Washing- 
ton. The new phase leaves the 
Americans completely . at the mercy 
of :th^ French. 

Artieriean ."BlufT' 

The French producers, who h'ald 
entrenched themselves' for a long, 
hard battle, are now grinning 'at 
what they declare to be a hew 
manifestation of American "bluff." 
. No tiling has been heard from 
jean . Sapcne since the Stimsbn 
bpmbshell. A violent attack upon 
Harold Smith, Hayis' local rep, was 
published a few days ago in the 
Paris newspaper of which Sapene is 
dlrecitor. 

The pln'ch of famine tn Ameri- 
can product already . Ja felt by 
French exhibitors. Bouses which 
formerly showed American prodtlqt 
have- had - to book French flickers, 
much to their losa at'the tooxofHce, 
' ' The next' move of the French fllm 
Commission has been postponed tor 
at least a month. 

Sapene's ''Union" Idea 

Jean Sapene, "Czar" of the 
French fllm industry, has a new 
scheme, disclosed at a trade lunch- 
eon Friday. Bright idea -Is for a 
regular union of the European na- 
tionalities, couched in diplomatto 
terms, but of course aimed at Amer- 
ican 'pictures. 

, Luncheon .'^was given - by tha 
French picture press syndicate. 
Repres«l1tative3 of the Italian and 
German trade wet-e on hand to give 
their vieews. . Strangely enough, 
they all coincided in the attitude 
that their own countries should co- 
operate more and more closely with 
the French industry, which in- 
directly was paying the luncheon 
check. 

Special article in the Paris Dally 
Matin, signed "Pierre OUle," sug- 
gests that Harold Smith, represent- 
ative here of the Hays organization, 
be' asked to leave the country, and 
charges that Smith has spread 
anti-French propaganda In con- 
nection with the quota dispute. 
Smith denies any such activity. ■^ 

Government will make known Its 
decision in quota ruling June 15. 
Majority of the exhibitors and a 
portion of the native press continue 
to condemn the quota principle, and 
Americans stand by their declara- 
tion that they will quit the field at 
the expiration of existing contracts. 

Convention of exhibitors termi- 
nated here Friday (7) after th© 
usual flow of oratory and the ac- 
complishment of practically noth- 
ing definite. 

Committee 1 demanded leglHlatlve 
protection. Committee 2, with 
Cooper, English, as chairman, can- 
va.ssed the talker situation and pre- 
sented- a lengtiiy report calling for 
Interchangeabillty and the suppres- 
sion of the percentage system. 
Sanie report contained an attack on 
"exaggerated 'Charges" for sound 
equipment, 

Comiriittee 8, studying production 
and booking, dwelt upon the desir- 
ability of higher quality European 
pictures, standardized advertising, 
the suppression of block and blind 
bookings and advised exhibitors to 
refuse percentage contracts calling 
for more than 25 per cent for their 
complete programs. 

Committee 4 deplored the heavy 
entertainment taxes, and demanded 
equal treatment for all commercial 
enterprises. This report suggested 
the formation of an international 
commission to prepare united ac- 
tion looking to the lightening ot 
tax burdens and other matters of 

-lilteJtLnd,: . .. , ' • 

Music I'aic "~ 

Committee G considered tho mu- 
sic tax problem, with particular 
reference to France, Belgium -and 
Luxembourg, and recommended 
that the exhibitors fOrm their own 
society supplying theatres wltU 
(Continued on p-age' 68) 



10 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VfeMesdsiji June 12, 1939 



Shriners Pamt Town and Films Red; 
Despite Hdiday Stiut$28^00 Tops LA. 

Warnm Using Stage Talent From East for Midnite 
Shows— "Studio Mystery" $22,000 at Par 



los Angeles, June 11. 
(Draw. Pop., 1,450,000) 
Weather: Fair and Cool 

Conventions may paint the town 
red, but when the visiting firemen 
also decorate the theatres In the 
same color there's a squawk. Some 
local merchants may be mirthfully 
counting up the spoils ot last week 
but the amusement emporiums have 
located the paJn Instigated by the 
arrival of around 90,000 Babbitts 
heavily fezzed at rakish angles, de- 
gree of tilt being according to 
where the sun and moon lay. 

Those happy hail fellows went for 
the California ozone in a big way 
and not much of anything else, and 
the Elks are on their way two weeks 
hence. 

What the theatre mob thinks of 
conventions is a revelation for those 
who take their language straight. 

Out-of-town delegations paraded, 
Jroltcked, threw firecrackers from 
street cai-s under passing autos, 
drilled in the city's Tale Bowl, 
thought every girl was Colleen, 
Clara or Greta, cluttered up trafilc 
and slipped into the side streets to. 
eat. Traveling from 300 to 8,000 
miles to get away from their own 
band, loyalty demanded they nightly 
stand or sit on the street and listen 
to the same tunes pounded out In 
the same old way. Loyalty or be- 
cause the wives were along. 

Meanwhile, and a- long while. Dot 
Mackalll and Milt Sills were trying 
to entice 'em Into the State for "His 
Captive Woman" via some frisky 
lobby posters; "On with the Show" 
was heralding its special Saturday 
midnight display of stage talent, 
and the Paramount was hopelessly 
beckoning for some attention with 
"The Studio Murder Mystery." Just 
how awkward a back-Jack this one 
took off the spring board was evi- 
denced In the splash of $22,000, and 
for this house that's torture, when 
remembering the week started off on 
« national holiday, Decoration Day. 
Curious Over Chinese 
Considering everything the State 
wasn't much better off at $28^600, 
although this figure will and. must 
sufnee. Warners, and its extra 
show, ticked off $22,600,. oke, and is 
«n Hollywood boulevard where 
most of the week's nightly theatre 
activity took place. Other draw 
-wae^ the Chinese and "Broadway 
Melody." Big house seemed to 
stand up on the Grauman name, the 
transients evincing a certain curi- 
osity in the house, prolog, and pic- 
ture. Feature counts last in this in- 
stance because it's been released 
some time now and the Shriners 
may have picked it up in their own 
back yard. However, $24,600 is an 
increase, aided materially by an 
extra night performance. 

"Movietone Follies" took a normal 
slide at the Criterion in its second 
week, losing $3,600 in hitting $16,000. 
Theatre's advertising has been giv- 
ing, it "that" in the "Artists an.) 
Models" manner and human nature 
doesn't change so much, even out 
here, that the males are totally 
eblivious. Buster Keaton was some- 
thing of a surprise in sending the 
Boulevard to $6,800 on "Spite Mar- 
riage," but "San Luis Key" didn't 
live up to the promise it gave in 
the neighborhoods in only doing 
$8,300 at the Egyptian. Total is all 
right but lacks ginger. 

After having had a dialog lift 
Tour Devils" is now at the Carthay 
Circle. Opened last night (Mon- 
day), succeeding "The Black 
Watch." quite ready to blow after 
five weeks. Final for the conclud- 
ing 10 days of "Watch" around JIO,- 
660, riot important dough. "Alibi" 
staked itself to a $19,500 third week, 
Just $2,500 down, which is satisfac- 
tory at the United Artists. Hill- 
street grabbed $14,000 on "Not 
Quite Decent," and Van and Schenck 
for the vaude end. Neat. "Show 
Bo&t" tumbled $1,500 in its siNth 
week to $8,000 and pulls out the 
16th to make way for "Broadway" 
the next night. 

Putting it all together it doesn't 
approach the total expected, pos- 
sibly the result of the populace not 
being -able to tell whether it was a 
theatre or a Shrlner lighted up. No 
question that the convention kept a 
lot of the natives at home in the 
Interest of wear and tear on the 
family car. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Biltmbre (Erlanger) — "Show 
--B?JCT"-TD) — (-l7550r— 50-$'1.50)~<*th 
week). Down to $8,000 and ready to 
leave; no. help from Shriners at 
$1.50; "Broadway" <U) here June 
17. 

Boulevard (Fox)— "Spite Mar- 
riiige" (M-G-M) (2,164; 26-50). Un- 
locked for gift when gross climbed 
to ' $6,800; one of few spots not 
squawking; film gets full credit. 

Csrthay Circle (Fox)— "The piack 
•Wa^f^h ' (Fox) 0,500; •50-$1.50) (5th 
•week). Pas.sed on with final 10. days' 



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Toronto, June 11. 
(Driiw popn 700,000) 
Weather; cloudyt cool. 

Weather break boosted . grosses 
$20,000 on an almost even distribu- 
tion among the five main stem 
flicker houises last week. Hippo- 
drome only' spot to show no appre- 
ciable Increase. 

'Show .Boat," 2nd week at Up- 
town Increased grand on word ot 
mouth, .ballyhoo. Gave the Uni-' 
versal super .^18,000 or $36,000 . on. 
fortnight, good enough considering 
hot weather, raices, daylight .saying 
and plenty of other opposition.